RE: [Videolib] Illegal copies? Need Advice

Laroi Lawton (
Wed, 9 Mar 2005 11:34:31 -0500

If you have a contact with your legal department, (and even if you
don't) you should set up a meeting with them to explore this and other
issues. You should first speak with your Chief to get their take on this
situation and for any further advice on how to proceed. Several years
ago I had a senior faculty member do exactly what you have described. I
spoke with my Chief, whose concept of copyright issues at that point in
time was limited. Once I explained the situation and illustrated with
examples of copyright violation to him, the faculty member was asked in
for a meeting. Once the issues concerned were explained to him in this
forum, he stopped. We were prepared to go to the Chair of his department
as well as our campus legal counsel. This approach not only gave him an
education but he was able to pass the word around to the other culprits
(across the curriculum) who did not care about copyright law and were
copying away at their leisure or its impact on educational institutions
we now see today.

LaRoi Lawton
Assistant Professor/Director
The Gerald S. Lieblich Learning Resources Center
Library & Learning Resources Department
Bronx Community College
University Ave. & W. 181 Street
Bronx, New York 10453

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Threatt,
Monique L
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 10:03 AM
Subject: [Videolib] Illegal copies? Need Advice


I believe this situation may have come up before. I need your advice.

Recently, a work-study student overheard a faculty member say that he
was making copies of videos from our media teaching and research
collection for his own personal use. He also remarked that he had
checked with our legal department and they told him it was okay for him
to do so. Our circ records show that this faculty member has checked out
30 videos in the past month--all contemporary and popular titles, like
The Sopranos, and the LoTR trilogy.

Because I was not an eyewitness to this event, this is hearsay.
However, we trust our work-study students enough to believe that they
are telling the truth.

We don't label our videos, nor do we remind people not to make copies of
our videos. We would hope that our faculty would do the right thing and
not make illegal copies.

My question to you, or feel free to provide your own comments:

Do I confront the faculty member and ask him if he is making illegal
copies for his personal collection?

Should I call our legal department and try to find out who told this
person that it was okay to make copies?

If he admits that he is making copies, is it my job to tell him to stop?
Or, remind him that the teaching and research collection is for
classroom instruction only?

How would you handle the situation?

Monique Threatt
Media Librarian
Indiana University Bloomington
812 855 9857

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