Re: [Videolib] PAL format and conversion issues

John Streepy (John.Streepy@cwu.EDU)
Tue, 14 Mar 2006 09:26:51 -0800

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I am not expert, but the best way to handle the situation is to invest in =
a multiregional player. That way you can play the titles in the format =
they come in and do not have to deal with the complexities of copyright. =
I am not sure how much the conversion process will cost, but over time you =
will probably save money on the multi regional player.=20
jhs

John H. Streepy
Media Assistant III
Library-Media Circulation
James E. Brooks Library
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7548

(509) 963-2861
http://www.lib.cwu.edu/media

"Hand to hand combat just goes with the territory.
All part of being a librarian" -- James Turner "Rex Libris"

>>>cleathem@miami.edu 03/14/06 8:16 am >>>
Hello,=20
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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.=20
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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.=20
=20
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.=20
=20
My questions concern copyright issues.=20
=20
Have other libraries converted videos from PAL to another =
format?=20
Have you obtained permission from the producer/supplier before =
converting?=20
Does making and keeping a copy conform to *fair use*? What about TEACH--SEC=
. 13301. EDUCATIONAL USE COPYRIGHT EXEMPTION?=20
Whose copyright law applies?=20
Are there any other related issues that should concern me?=20
=20
Thanks.=20
=20
Cecilia=20
=20
Cecilia Leathem=20
Head, Catalog Dept. & Foreign Languages Subject Specialist=20
University of Miami Libraries=20
Coral Gables, FL33124=20
=20
305-284-1561=20
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the situation is to invest in a multiregional player. &nbsp;That way =
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