RE: [Videolib] Warner Brothers Entertainment vs Institutions?

Chris McNevins (
Thu, 25 Aug 2005 16:46:57 -0400


You're missing the boat here (and the shoreline, for that matter....)

Our video collection is almost exclusively driven by faculty request to
support their curricula. More and more, courses are being built around
what Hollywood puts out. For example, the English Dept. is offering
"Fiction into Film" this fall. There was another course offered by the
Italian Language Dept. awhile back on Italian stereotypes in film and
media. Social Sciences rely on feature films and commercially produced
documentaries as well. How women, minorities and [insert your group
here] are represented in the media all hot topics. This is a trend
that's not going away anytime soon.

I cannot comment on current teaching methods that seem to support the
Hollywood machine. It's the "necessary evil" byproduct of having to
capture the attention of the post-TV generation.

I just order the stuff (and call it job security...)

Chris McN

Chris McNevins
Non-Print Coordinator
University of Connecticut
Homer Babbidge Library
369 Fairfield Rd. Unit 2005AM
Storrs, CT 06269-2005
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Gary Daniels
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 2:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Warner Brothers Entertainment vs Institutions?

I would once again submit this question:

Why would you want to help use limited library acquisition funds to help

subsidize a Hollywood corporation who CLEARLY doesn't respect you or
your educational mission. You are just extra profits for them and if
they can extract another dime from you by lieing to you about your legal

rights, they will. You mean nothing to them.

So why subsidize them with taxpayer dollars if you're a public
institution or your foundation's dollars if you're private? Why not
spend that money with educational video producers who create their
content with YOU in mind.....not as some ancillary market to be shaken
down for a few more dollars to help boost quarterly earnings reports.

I feel like the Chic-Fil-A cow "Eat more chiken"...."Buy More From
Independent Producers"

Trust me, if Warner Bros, et al, were told they could have a major tax
cut but it would mean libraries across the country would be shut down,
which do you think they'd choose? I think they'd take the tax cut and to

hell with the libraries. Every time someone checks out one of their
videos from your library they see this as an erosion of
less potential customer. When someone checks out my video from a
library, I'm thinking, " more person has just helped me
accomplish my mission of educating people about the amazing Native
American civilizations that once existed in this country."

This all sounds like battered-wife syndrome- you love the one who abuses

you the most. A company straight up lies to you about your rights under
the law and says "We don't want anything to do with you, don't use our
videos in the classroom", yet you still consider purchasing from
them????????????????????????? Or maybe it's crack-whore syndrome--- she
stays with the pimp that beats her because the crack is cheap. Their
DVD's might be $19.99 but look at the monster you're supporting. independents! That's my mantra and I'm sticking to

-Gary Daniels
Native American History Videos

Jessica Rosner wrote:

> HBO can say what they want but the law is clear
>YOU CAN USE THEM IN A CLASS. The law allows any legally purchased item
to be
>used in standard "face to face" teaching instruction. The ONLY way a
>distributor could supercede this is to require the purchaser to wave
>rights by contract. There are small companies who handle educational
>material who can use two tiered pricing as they can control each
>I don't see anyway HBO can do this as I assume all of their titles are
>in the retail market. Unless you are talking about some unusual titles
>Are not sold or rented to the public you can use it in classes
>Streaming is a TOTALLY different issue. For instance believe it or not
>It is most unlikely HBO even OWNS those rights with many of its titles
>Traditionally Public Performance rights are separate from Home Video
>Much of the HBO product ESPECIALLY the documentaries are independent
>productions. Additionally there has been an issue for years regarding
>SAG contracts and made for TV fiction films which prevents many of them
>>From public showings particularly if any money is involved.
>Much as I felt about say campus cable use of films is the same with
>Streeming, the rights are simply going to be too complicated for
>And independent films. There are way too many different owners,
>contracts to distributors etc. Basically it would be a NIGHTMARE to
>Say Chaplin, Fellini, Wim Wenders, British Comedy classics etc.
>This might work for educational films and studio films but not the
>So unless the Prof wants to stop teaching these you might be seeing
>Media for a lot longer than you think
>>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
>>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
>>at the time of purchase, or later. I have devised a standard email
>>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
>>fees. Some of the independents are excited about the opportunity to
>>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
>>message before the title begins stating where the audience can
>>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
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