RE: [Videolib] PAL format and conversion issues

M. Claire Stewart (claire-stewart@northwestern.edu)
Wed, 15 Mar 2006 11:45:57 -0600

Maybe someone can clarify a point for me about multiregion DVD players.

My understanding has always been that most of the multiregion DVD
players on the market have been cracked and modified by the
distributors; that they're not actually coming from the manufacturers
as multiregion. We've shied away from purchasing them for this
reason. Does this synch with everyone else, or no?

I agree wholeheartedly with Michael's point about fair use ... and I
know the entire works question has been hashed over several times on
this list recently but using the whole work does not necessarily
negate a fair use argument. I'm repeating the URL for Nimmer's
"Fairest of the fair..." article:
<http://www.law.duke.edu/journals/lcp/articles/lcp66dWinterSpring2003p263.htm>
which includes a factor-by-factor analysis of 60 fair use cases. We
can clearly see that a determination that the use is unfair just on
the third factor (amount of the work) does not always dictate an
overall judgement against fair use and vice-versa. Kelly v. Arriba is
only one of several cases.

Claire

At 5:02 PM -0500 3/14/06, Evershed, Julie wrote:
>Cecilia,
>Here is what we use or have used in the past:
>
>Multistandard TV/VCR/DVD Sharp VT-21DV30S -there are issues with
>this player as it's default is region 3. See the following page:
><http://www.dvdtalk.com/rce.html>http://www.dvdtalk.com/rce.html
>There is also some interesting info on purchasing region free
>players on this page.
>
>
>Portable DVD Player multi system Polaroid PDV-0700
>
>Multi-Region DVD Sony DVP-S725D
>
>Samsung Multistandard VCR SU5000-W
>
>Multi-Standard VHS VCR Samsung SV-5000W
>
>Good Luck!
>Julie
>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>Julie Evershed ~ Information Specialist ~ Language Resource Center
>University of Michigan ~ 812 E. Washington Street ~ Ann Arbor, MI ~
>48109-1275 ~ (734) 615-8575
>
>From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
>[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Leathem,
>Cecilia Anne
>Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:18 PM
>To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>Subject: RE: [Videolib] PAL format and conversion issues
>
>Thanks, we are now investigating multi-format VCR and DVD players.
>Do you have any recommendations?
>
>Thanks.
>
>Cecilia
>
>
>From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
>[mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Rieker,
>Michael
>Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 12:09 PM
>To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>Subject: RE: [Videolib] PAL format and conversion issues
>
>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.
>
> 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?
>
>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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M. Claire Stewart
Head, Digital Media Services, Marjorie I. Mitchell Multimedia Center
Coordinator of Digitization Projects, Northwestern University Library
(847) 467-1437
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