Re: [Videolib] protest music

M. Claire Stewart (claire-stewart@northwestern.edu)
Thu, 27 Jul 2006 10:02:34 -0500

How does this violate copyright? I agree that, generally speaking,
you don't want to go making permanent libraries of off-air
recordings. But if you have a faculty member who is legitimately
using this for teaching, isn't the problem rather that this use
pushes the boundaries of what may be generally accepted as guidelines
for use of off-air recordings and/or repetitive use for reserves?

If so, maybe you could make an exception, since the case is
compelling, and it sounds as though you've looked and cannot find the
item available for purchase. My feeling is that guidelines are there
to create "no brainers" and when there is a case that exceeds the
guidelines, it doesn't mean the use can't be supported, but rather
that a more in-depth evaluation is necessary.

Claire

>Dear Vid Libbers,
>
> I have an instructor who insists on putting an item on reserve that
>violates copyright. I have offered his mother options (like getting a
>legit item to replace, writing to get permission, updating his tired
>class/syllabus) but he claims that there are no other videos like this
>one that he taped from the TV years ago. I would love to stump him and
>get as good if not a better title.
>
>The original show was "Get Up, Stand Up", a PBS production. The basic
>topic is protest music or music that accompanies social change movements
>or the intersection of music and protest - you get the picture. I think
>that a great punk music documentary fits the bill quite well, but
>something tells me that the instructor wants something exactly like "Get
>Up, Stand Up" and nothing else.
>
> (His point is that he should be allowed to put this taped-from-TV
>thing on reserve indefinitely because (a) he has before and (b) he needs
>it for his class. Hardly compelling, I know but I would like to get him
>a legit replacement so as to put an end to the two semester long
>wrangle. Apparently he has a crystal ball too and can see that PBS would
>never give him permission to have it on reserve or show it.)
>
>Could you all suggest some titles, especially if you are familiar with
>Get Up, Stand Up?
>
>Thanks,
>Ciara
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