[Videolib] licence agreements for videos/DVDs

Wayne Jones (jonesw@post.queensu.ca)
Thu, 10 Mar 2005 08:54:33 -0500

I am new to this VIDEOLIB list and our institution is fairly new to the collecting in any big way of videos, DVD, and other media materials. We buy all of our materials with public performance rights (generally, the faculty want to show them in their classrooms), but lately we've noticed that the vendors are also asking us to sign licence agreements as well, in which they place other restrictions on our use and disposition of the video -- for example, that we can't give it away to another institution or individual, or that we can't even destroy it even though we do own the physical item. I've explained to one of them that it is unlikely we'd be doing either, and that in any case if we gave a video away it would be with the understanding that copyright would apply and PPR would not transfer, and that if we destroyed it there would be nothing anybody could appropriate anyway.

I'm wondering whether this is a fairly common agreement which you just go ahead and sign routinely, or whether you've considered it unnecessary and inappropriate restrictions on your institution's use/disposition of materials which it owns.

Many thanks for any advice.

Wayne Jones


Wayne Jones
Head, Central Technical Services
Queen's University Library
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