RE: [Videolib] PAL format and conversion issues

Rieker, Michael (Michael.Rieker@fresnolibrary.org)
Tue, 14 Mar 2006 09:09:20 -0800

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One alternative to conversion is to get a VCR with multi-format
capability these are not cheap but since that can play any format world
wide it would make a difference in the long run plus you would not have
to worry about copyright issues. There are also Multi-format DVD
players.

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-----Original Message-----
From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Leathem,
Cecilia Anne
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 8:17 AM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: [Videolib] PAL format and conversion issues

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Hello,

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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.

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As a subject specialist, but not a media specialist, I have received
requests for foreign language videos from Italy and Israel, in
particular. The videos 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.

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Unsatisfied with our current policy, I have identified several local
companies who can convert PAL videos. I have also queried the library's
digital media lab and our School of Communication lab, neither of whom
has the conversion equipment, but would buy it if we have a great enough
need.

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My questions concern copyright issues.

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Have other libraries converted videos from PAL to another
format?

Have you obtained permission from the producer/supplier
before converting?

Does making and keeping a copy conform to "fair use"? What about
TEACH--SEC. 13301. EDUCATIONAL USE COPYRIGHT EXEMPTION?

Whose copyright law applies?

Are there any other related issues that should concern me?

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Thanks.

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Cecilia

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Cecilia Leathem

Head, Catalog Dept. & Foreign Languages Subject Specialist

University of Miami Libraries

Coral Gables, FL 33124

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305-284-1561

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One alternative to conversion is to = get a VCR with multi-format capability these are not cheap but since that can play = any format world wide it would make a difference in the long run plus you = would not have to worry about copyright issues. There are also Multi-format DVD = players.

 

-----Original = Message-----
From: = videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Leathem, Cecilia Anne
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, = 2006 8:17 AM
To: = videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: [Videolib] PAL = format and conversion issues

 

Hello,

 

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.

 

As a subject specialist, = but not a media specialist, I have received requests for foreign language videos = from Italy and Israel, in particular. The videos 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 companies who can convert PAL videos. I = have also queried the library’s digital media lab and our School of Communication lab, neither of whom has the conversion equipment, but = would buy it if we have a great enough need.

 

My questions concern = copyright issues.

 

    &nbs= p;       Have other libraries converted videos from PAL to another = format?

    &nbs= p;       Have you obtained permission from the producer/supplier before = converting?

Does making and keeping a copy conform to =
“fair use”? What about TEACH--SEC. 13301. EDUCATIONAL USE =
COPYRIGHT EXEMPTION?

    &nbs= p;       Whose copyright law applies?

    &nbs= p;       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

 

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