Re: [Videolib] Due diligence

Rick Provine (
Fri, 02 Jun 2006 11:28:39 -0400


Whenever these things get discussed, its always the extremes that
emerge as examples. This makes the discussion more difficult to
understand for some. Its the gray area of day-to-day operations that
most people need help with.

To get back to the original example of Chinese Ghost US
rights...production company out of business...I am sure there is a
rights owner, but they are in Hong Kong. All of this would likely
factor to exclude it from the "...available at a reasonable cost"

This seems very different to me than a Kino title, etc. I would NEVER
advocate or permit a public showing without proper arrangements. In
truth, I am viewed on campus as an administrative wonk because I am the
one who tells faculty they have to pay for rights for coursepacks, pay
Swank or New Yorker or Kino for PPR, etc. We are talking about
exceptions, extraordinary circumstances.

Please don't confuse a reasoned argument for fair use with blatant
disregard for the law. You can't put those examples under the same


>>> 6/2/2006 10:37 AM >>>
I've been out of town (in beautiful San Francisco!) for a week and just
some of the posts on locating copyright holders. I would like to add
perspective of a small independent producer. Her Own Words has had
the same
telephone number, email address, physical address, and post office
address since 1993 (and most of those addresses since it was founded in
Nevertheless, every few months we get a phone call from someone
(frequently a
librarian) wanting to see if Her Own Words still exists. "But [insert
of large national distributor/jobber here] said that you didn't exist
any more
and there was no way to track you down or find any of your films" is
inevitable next statement. Blessings on the librarians who take the
time to
call and verify the (mis)information.

Jocelyn Riley
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