RE: [Videolib] Digital Streaming Companiesandlicenseoptions

John Hoskyns-Abrahall (
Mon, 13 Feb 2006 12:25:36 -0500

Hi, Barb

Believe me noone likes licenses. They are always a logistical

But I don't understand how companies can offer licenses in perpetuity
unless the production in question is all their original work and/or it's
in the public domain.

I believe that's why some of the largest producers are nervous about
streaming in the first place. They feel vulnerable with regard to
music, archival footage, and performers' (narrator, dubbed voices etc.)
rights amongst others.

I assume that with new works producers are demanding digital rights for
every conceivable platform, but will they be able to obtain them in
perpetuity? For the right price, and when the rights holders feel
secure, I assume. But it will take time for agreements to become

All the best,

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Bergman,
Barbara J
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 4:23 PM
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Digital Streaming Companiesandlicenseoptions

I'm okay with paying a reasonable higher price for digital access, but
cost aside, digital rights that have to be renewed create a purchasing
problem because I am no longer making a one-time purchase.

Anything with an ongoing cost is considered a serial, with ongoing staff
time as well as ongoing financial commitments. It will be treated the
same as if we were purchasing access to a journal database.
So, in order to purchase digital rights with a time limit, I lose a lot
of my autonomy in making purchasing decisions. I am going to have to go
make my case to our Serials Review Committee - who are going to ask all
the same questions that we're asking (while also getting over the
sticker shock of how much many educational videos cost in the first
place). Other questions they will ask - Whose budget is going to pay
for the renewal? Who will keep track of the length of the license? Who
will decide whether to continue access? Who is responsible for making
sure the renewal gets paid? What if we decide that our budget can't
absorb the renewal costs?

Will I be looking at acquiring digital access? Yes.
Are we jumping in? Not yet.
Will perpetual access be a selling point? Definitely.

Barb Bergman
Media Services Librarian
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(507) 389-5945

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