Re: [Videolib] Alfred's Place

MileFilms@aol.com
Fri, 27 May 2005 16:40:59 EDT

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My two cents is what he's doing is definitely illegal, though I agree, I'm
not sure he's being devious or ignorant. Especially since he puts his home
address on the website. Actually, there are NO Alfred Hitchcock feature films in
the public domain -- at least from England or Germany. America's acceptance of
the Gatt/Uruguay treaty took care of that for better or worse quite a while
ago.

Publicly trading copies of videos is also not legal. His concept that public
institutions can't trade so they should buy is also definitely a bad signal.
And lastly, as someone who has seen WAY too many illegal tapes, they are rarely
worth the price and might I add, give a false impression of what cinema
looked like to the students. (Hence, all those crappy commercials and flashbacks
recreating old films with blur, scratches and dust...) Mere content is rarely
worth the tradeoff in quality, especially with works of art.

I do absolutely agree with Jeff that ethics should be involved, and I agree
with him that ethics should be considered BEFORE a tape or DVD is purchased and
that public funds shouldn't be used.

Dennis Doros (who is disturbed by the fact that our Hitchcock films are on
this guy's list, but it's unclear whether or not they're for sale or trade)
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com

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My two cents is what he's doing is defi= nitely illegal, though I agree, I'm not sure he's being devious or ignorant.= Especially since he puts his home address on the website. Actually, there a= re NO Alfred Hitchcock feature films in the public domain -- at least from E= ngland or Germany. America's acceptance of the Gatt/Uruguay treaty took care= of that for better or worse quite a while ago.

Publicly trading copies of videos is also not legal. His concept that public= institutions can't trade so they should buy is also definitely a bad signal= . And lastly, as someone who has seen WAY too many illegal tapes, they are r= arely worth the price and might I add, give a false impression of what cinem= a looked like to the students. (Hence, all those crappy commercials and flas= hbacks recreating old films with blur, scratches and dust...) Mere content i= s rarely worth the tradeoff in quality, especially with works of art.

I do absolutely agree with Jeff that ethics should be involved, and I agree=20= with him that ethics should be considered BEFORE a tape or DVD is purchased=20= and that public funds shouldn't be used.

Dennis Doros (who is disturbed by the fact that our Hitchcock films are on t= his guy's list, but it's unclear whether or not they're for sale or trade) Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com
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