The US has signed both the above conventions.
Leathem, Cecilia Anne wrote:
> Thank you. Your response makes it very clear that I need to ask for a
> multi-format player. I knew this list was the best place to send my query.
> *From:* firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] *On Behalf Of *Jessica
> *Sent:* Tuesday, March 14, 2006 11:38 AM
> *To:* firstname.lastname@example.org
> *Subject:* 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 copyright
> That you can’t transfer formats without permission ( unless we want to
> 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 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" <email@example.com> wrote:
> 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.
> 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?
> Cecilia Leathem
> Head, Catalog Dept. & Foreign Languages Subject Specialist
> University of Miami Libraries
> Coral Gables, FL 33124
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