Re: [Videolib] Warner Brothers Entertainment vs Institutions?

Jeanne Little (jeanne.little@uni.edu)
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 08:21:05 -0500

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I had a conversation with a representative from HBO and was told that
ALL of their titles are for HOME USE ONLY, and are not to be used in
face-to-face instruction, over a network, or digitally reproduced. No
public performance rights were available. This leaves me thinking the
titles we own which were produced and/or owned by HBO can only be
checked out by students for their personal use. Has anyone else had
dealings with HBO with different results than these?

Our library has recently begun to investigate rights for all of our new
VHS and DVD titles before we purchase, to ascertain what is permitted,
with or without extra fees and licenses, so we know in advance what
restrictions apply. And if we choose to pursue options such as video
streaming a title, etc., what additional charges we would have to incur
at the time of purchase, or later. I have devised a standard email query
which asks specific questions regarding Public Performance Rights,
statewide fiber optics viewing (close-circuit), Video Streaming and
Cable-casting rights, with a brief explanation for each. It has
generated much discussion with various producers and rights owners. I
have found that the larger companies are more inclined to charge larger
fees. Some of the independents are excited about the opportunity to make
their works available to larger audiences and have chosen to allow all
or at least most of the rights in question without extra fees.
Passwording is a frequent request for video streaming, so that only
those faculty and their currently enrolled students can view during a
semester. For cable-casting rights, a few have stated we need to show a
message before the title begins stating where the audience can purchase
from. I have discovered that the majority do not allow cable-casting,
even to a public access, educational cable channel.

If anyone wishes to discuss this topic with me off the list, you can
contact me via email at Jeanne.Little@uni.edu.

Thanks.

Jeanne

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