Re: [Videolib] Edited Movies

Gary P. Ross (gpross@lane.k12.or.us)
Wed, 18 May 2005 15:30:59 -0700

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Issues of legality aside, I think the fundamental question is this.

Do you buy your print material edited for content and language?

If not, why should motion media be any different. The mere fact that it=20
uses images and the spoken word to present a story instead of printed words=
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and images changes nothing.

In the end, this patron is asking you to do what print librarians have=20
resisted for years, to place only "safe" (as that one individual defines=20
it) material on your facility shelves

Perhaps an alternative strategy is to link your catalog to internet=20
resources that provide information on movie content to help the patron with=
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selection. www.kids-in-mind.com Is one that I refer parents to on a=20
regular basis.

Best

Gary

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>Recently, a patron requested that we purchase edited movies--films that
>have been edited for language and content (usually without the studio's
>authorization).
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>We have serious concerns about the legality and quality of these
>editions, and we wondered if any libraries have experience with them.

Gary P. Ross mailto:gpross@lane.k12.or.us
Facilities Manager
Lane Education Service District
541.461.8235 =95 fax 461.8298

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Issues of legality aside, I think the fundamental question is this. 

Do you buy your print material edited for content and language? 

If not, why should motion media be any different.  The mere fact that it uses images and the spoken word to present a story instead of printed words and images changes nothing.

In the end, this patron is asking you to do what print librarians have resisted for years, to place only "safe" (as that one individual defines it) material on your facility shelves

Perhaps an alternative strategy is to link your catalog to internet resources that provide information on movie content to help the patron with selection.  www.kids -in-mind.com   Is one that I refer parents to on a regular basis.

Best

Gary

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Recently, a patron requested that we purchase edited movies--films that
have been edited for language and content (usually without the studio's
authorization).

We have serious concerns about the legality and quality of these
editions, and we wondered if any libraries have experience with them.

Gary P. Ross    mailto:gpross@lane.k12.or.us
Facilities Manager
Lane Education Service District
541.461.8235 =95 fax 461.8298

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