[Videolib] Article about PPR for Campus Screenings?

Meghann Matwichuk (mtwchk@udel.edu)
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 09:56:02 -0400

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Hello everyone and happy Friday. I help run a committee that brings
international films to campus for screening to students, faculty, and
the general public. We purchase public performance rights so that we
can do this. I've gotten an email from a faculty member at another
University asking how we handle copyright; her institution had been
showing films but were 'forced' to pay licensing fees or stop showing
the films in public. I'm in the process of describing how we 'handle'
these issues (we pay for the rights!), and I'm remembering a news
article that I believe was posted to this listserv some time ago when a
major distributor (New Yorker, I believe) started to crack down on
unlicensed campus screenings. I've spent some time searching the
VideoLib archives, Google News, and some other databases but am not
having much luck in turning anything up. What I'd liked about this
article is that it made a point that if colleges and universities want
to support arts, they should provide funding to allow for film rentals
and the purchase public performance rights, etc., and not just encourage
faculty and students to flout copyright law. Does this ring a bell for
anyone? Does anyone have a link or a citation to share?

Thanks in advance,

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Meghann Matwichuk, M.S.
Senior Assistant Librarian
Instructional Media Collection Department
Morris Library, University of Delaware
181 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE 19717
(302) 831-1475

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Hello everyone and happy Friday.  I help run a committee that brings international films to campus for screening to students, faculty, and the general public.  We purchase public performance rights so that we can do this.  I've gotten an email from a faculty member at another University asking how we handle copyright; her institution had been showing films but were 'forced' to pay licensing fees or stop showing the films in public.  I'm in the process of describing how we 'handle' these issues (we pay for the rights!), and I'm remembering a news article that I believe was posted to this listserv some time ago when a major distributor (New Yorker, I believe) started to crack down on unlicensed campus screenings.  I've spent some time searching the VideoLib archives, Google News, and some other databases but am not having much luck in turning anything up.  What I'd liked about this article is that it made a point that if colleges and universities want to support arts, they should provide funding to allow for film rentals and the purchase public performance rights, etc., and not just encourage faculty and students to flout copyright law.  Does this ring a bell for anyone?  Does anyone have a link or a citation to share?

Thanks in advance,

*************************
Meghann Matwichuk, M.S.
Senior Assistant Librarian
Instructional Media Collection Department
Morris Library, University of Delaware
181 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE 19717
(302) 831-1475

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