Re: [Videolib] Article about PPR for Campus Screenings?

Lori Stevens (STEVENLO@uvsc.edu)
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 13:46:18 -0600

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I'll throw in my 2 cents for what it is worth. We have (at least since
I have been here) licensed everything shown on campus. We have a
copyright committee who develops policy for campus which is made up of
faculty and staff, and I am in the process of creating a tutorial to be
linked off the library homepage for faculty and students. What I am
wishing for is a MPLC for colleges and universities that could offer an
umbrella type license.

Lori

/4/2006 10:33 AM >>>

In a message dated 8/4/06 11:37:05 AM, mtwchk@udel.edu writes:

Thanks to those who've offered replies! Dennis' comments in reply to
the original post, were, I think, what I was recalling. I will share
this discussion with the inquiree.

My god, did I write something USEFUL? Must be another Dennis.

What has suprised me over the past two years is how many longtime
campus societies I've come across on the internet who I had thought
disbanded, but actually turned to showing DVDs without permission. It's
somewhat disheartening to write to some of these old "friends" (mostly
professors, not librarians), asking them to properly license the film
like they used to, and have them write back within minutes that they're
cancelling the screening because they can't afford to pay for it. Which
leads me to:

1) There are professors (and students) knowingly screening films
illegally under the presumption that it's okay as long as they don't get
caught. Only one college -- the University of Washington -- took these
infractions seriously when they found out. As I've compared before,
stealing a $50 text book from the college bookstore seems to be a far
larger offense to most administrators.

2) Societies are willing to cancel even a scheduled screening because
there's no money in the school's budget. (Or at least an unwillingness
to fight for one.) Consider that the costs for renting a film
nontheatrically has actually dropped (some drastically) over the past
fifteen years while school budgets for the other arts and lectures, of
course, have skyrocketed.

3) There needs to be continued discussions among the indie distributors
(no one from Milestone could make the one meeting they had last year)
what we can do to change the perception of the educational institutions
and discover why these societies changed their policies on renting.

The answer to all of these questions would be an interesting project
for someone studying library science. Anyone else have thoughts on
these?

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video / Milliarium Zero
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
milefilms@aol.com winterfilm@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.com www.wintersoldierfilm.com



Lori Stevens
Media Librarian
Utah Valley State College Library
Orem, Utah 84058

Buffy: "See, this is a school. And we have students
and they check out books. And then they learn things."

(Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997)

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I'll throw in my 2 cents for what it is worth.  We have (at least since I have been here) licensed everything shown on campus.  We have a copyright committee who develops policy for campus which is made up of faculty and staff, and I am in the process of creating a tutorial to be linked off the library homepage for faculty and students.  What I am wishing for is a MPLC for colleges and universities that could offer an umbrella type license.
 
Lori

/4/2006 10:33 AM >>>

In a message dated 8/4/06 11:37:05 AM, mtwchk@udel.edu writes:


Thanks to those who've offered replies!  Dennis' comments in reply to
the original post, were, I think, what I was recalling.  I will share
this discussion with the inquiree.


My god, did I write something USEFUL? Must be another Dennis.

What has suprised me over the past two years is how many longtime campus societies I've come across on the internet who I had thought disbanded, but actually turned to showing DVDs without permission. It's somewhat disheartening to write to some of these old "friends" (mostly professors, not librarians), asking them to properly license the film like they used to, and have them write back within minutes that they're cancelling the screening because they can't afford to pay for it. Which leads me to:

1) There are professors (and students) knowingly screening films illegally under the presumption that it's okay as long as they don't get caught. Only one college -- the University of Washington -- took these infractions seriously when they found out. As I've compared before, stealing a $50 text book from ! the college bookstore seems to be a far larger offense to most administrators.

2) Societies are willing to cancel even a scheduled screening because there's no money in the school's budget. (Or at least an unwillingness to fight for one.)
Consider that the costs for renting a film nontheatrically has actually dropped (some drastically) over the past fifteen years while school budgets for the other arts and lectures, of course, have skyrocketed.

3) There needs to be continued discussions among the indie distributors (no one from Milestone could make the one meeting they had last year) what we can do to change the perception of the educational institutions and discover why these societies changed their policies on renting. 

The answer to all of these questions would be an interesting project for someone studying library s! cience. Anyone else have thoughts on these?


Dennis ! Doros
Milestone Film & Video / Milliarium Zero
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
milefilms@aol.com                winterfilm@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.com        www.wintersoldierfilm.com



 
 
Lori Stevens
Media Librarian
Utah Valley State College Library
Orem, Utah 84058
 
Buffy:  "See, this is a school.  And we have students
             and they check out books. And then they learn things."
 
              (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997)
          
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