Re: [Videolib] PAL format and conversion issues

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Tue, 14 Mar 2006 11:37:30 -0500

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It is illegal to convert from PAL or any format.
=B3fair use=B2 has nothing to do with it and it very clear under copyright
That you can=B9t transfer formats without permission ( unless we want to go
into
To =B3dead=B2 format thing but PAL is not dead)
You can try to obtain permission but it is unlikely to be granted as
Different rights holders cover different territories

There is a pretty simple solution though. BUY multi-format players
They are fairly cheap and you should have them available.

Like other copyright issues it is =B3inconvenient=B2 but illegally transfering
from
PAL is no more legit than a pirate tape or converting a VHS to a DVD.
Here at least you have legal solution.

On 3/14/06 11:16 AM, "Leathem, Cecilia Anne" <cleathem@miami.edu> wrote:

> Hello,
> =20
> I am new to the list, but have searched the archives to no avail for
> information on my issues. I appreciate any input from others.
> =20
> As a subject specialist, but not a media specialist, I have received requ=
ests
> for foreign language videos from Italy and Israel, in particular. The vid=
eos
> are often available only in PAL format and we currently do not have the
> capability for converting and using them in our library. As a rule, we th=
en
> notify faculty requesting the video that we cannot use the format and can=
cel
> the request.
> =20
> Unsatisfied with our current policy, I have identified several local comp=
anies
> who can convert PAL videos. I have also queried the library=B9s digital med=
ia
> lab and our School of Communication lab, neither of whom has the conversi=
on
> equipment, but would buy it if we have a great enough need.
> =20
> My questions concern copyright issues.
> =20
> Have other libraries converted videos from PAL to another for=
mat?
> Have you obtained permission from the producer/supplier befor=
e
> converting?
> Does making and keeping a copy conform to =B3fair use=B2? What about TEACH--S=
EC.
> 13301. EDUCATIONAL USE COPYRIGHT EXEMPTION?
> Whose copyright law applies?
> Are there any other related issues that should concern me?
> =20
> Thanks.
> =20
> Cecilia
> =20
> Cecilia Leathem
> Head, Catalog Dept. & Foreign Languages Subject Specialist
> University of Miami Libraries
> Coral Gables, FL 33124
> =20
> 305-284-1561
> =20
> =20
> =20
>=20

Proud Resident of a BLUE STATE
=20
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018
jrosner@kino.com
212-629-6880

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Re: [Videolib] PAL format and conversion issues It is= illegal to convert from PAL or any format.
“fair use” has nothing to do with it and it very clear under co= pyright
That you can’t transfer formats without permission ( unless we want t= o go into
To “dead” format thing but PAL is not dead)
You can try to obtain permission but it is unlikely to be granted as
Different rights holders cover different territories

There is a pretty simple solution though. BUY multi-format players
They are fairly cheap and you should have them available.

Like other copyright issues it is “inconvenient”  but ille= gally transfering from
PAL is no more legit than a pirate tape or converting a VHS to a DVD.
Here at least you have legal solution.





On 3/14/06 11:16 AM, "Leathem, Cecilia Anne" <cleathem@miami.e= du> wrote:

Hello,
 
I am new to the list, but have searched the archives to no avail for inform= ation on my issues. I appreciate any input from others.
 
As a subject specialist, but not a media specialist, I have received reques= ts for foreign language videos from Italy and Israel, in particular. The vid= eos are often available only in PAL format and we currently do not have the = capability for converting and using them in our library. As a rule, we then = notify faculty requesting the video that we cannot use the format and cancel= the request.
 
Unsatisfied with our current policy, I have identified several local compan= ies who can convert PAL videos. I have also queried the library’s digi= tal media lab and our School of Communication lab, neither of whom has the c= onversion equipment, but would buy it if we have a great enough need.
 
My questions concern copyright issues.
 
            Hav= e other libraries converted videos from PAL to another format?
            Hav= e you obtained permission from the producer/supplier before converting?
Does making and keeping a copy conform to “fair use”? What abou= t TEACH--SEC. 13301. EDUCATIONAL USE COPYRIGHT EXEMPTION?
            Who= se copyright law applies?
            Are= there any other related issues that should concern me?
 
Thanks.
 
Cecilia
 
Cecilia Leathem
Head, Catalog Dept. & Foreign Languages Subject Specialist
University of Miami Libraries
Coral Gables, FL 33124
 
305-284-1561
 
              





Proud Resident of a BLUE STATE
 
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018
jrosner@kino.com
212-629-6880

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