Re: [Videolib] Library illegal video showing follow up

Renee Zurn (rzurn@duluth.lib.mn.us)
Thu, 10 Aug 2006 16:38:37 -0500

Jessica,

My library received public performance permission from Movie Licensing
USA for showing "The Great Gatsby", c1974, last spring. We received two
very helpful letters from them. The first letter gave us the title of
the movie we could show, listing the copyright of the movie and the date
we could show it. The second item was a certificate with a nice green
border entitled "Movie Copyright Compliance Public Performance License"
with our name on it in large letters. The wording of the license
"Duluth Public Library is licensed for a one-time showing on 4/8/2006 of
The Great Gatsby a Paramount film in DVD or VHS format...." made it
very clear what we had permission to do. It was very clear to me what I
could show and how many times.

I also made sure my license was displayed during our showing of the
movie. I did not think I would have any copyright trouble but I wanted
the public to see it and hopefully realize a public library needs
permission to show movies.

Hope this helps.

Renee

Renee Zurn
Manager, Adult Services
Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
218/723-3840

>>> jrosner@kino.com 8/10/2006 3:50 pm >>>
I mentioned last week that a large library was showing some illegal
videos
I noticed because two of them were ours and had not been licensed
As I suspected ( and as one library consulted suggested in an e mail)
the
library had misunderstood it's contract with MPLC and thought it could
program ANY TITLE in the collection. I am further told that the person
who
negotiated the contract is no longer in that job.

I would be interested in hearing back from folks who have dealings with
MPLC
and Movie Licensing Corp ( the Swank one). I get the impression that
MPLC
may be the more misleading of the two in terms of leading libraries to
believe the license could cover everything

Do either or both provide you with an actual list of TITLES covered or
if
not a way to check if a title is covered? Frankly in this case it
should
have been obvious since both titles shown were on the Kino label and we
are
clearly not one of the owners licensed by either company but as I
pointed
out before it can be VERY tricky on things like Chaplin films, many
foreign
art films such as NOWHERE IN AFRICA,GATES OF HEAVEN, etc where it may
be on
a studio label but the studio DOES NOT own the public exhibition
rights

So stories anyone ?

Proud Resident of a BLUE STATE

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018
jrosner@kino.com
212-629-6880

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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.