Unfortunately, the alternative has also heavily favored the moneyed
interests in this case. The public, or the "user" is often a
relatively powerless party, particularly when the user most heavily
impacted is in a generation yet-to-be-born.
I take exception to the way you are stating this, Jessica. I do not
believe that anyone on this list is trying to distort the law or rip
anyone off. That may be true of 18 year olds swapping music, but it's
not true of the vast majority of librarians.
What I do think we believe is that the law's silence about many
non-commercial uses of copyrighted material, particularly uses in
educational environments many of us work in, should be interpreted to
allow, not prohibit, the use. This is opposite to what many content
holders believe, which is why we disagree.
>I would think sections of 108 might end up with MORE restrictions not less
>When/if finally amended but then I am a cynic
>The section involving making copies if yours is lost was clearly intended
>for music. However most right holders are kind of focusing on things like
>Illegal downloads etc so I doubt they will really do anything there.
>The LOC liaison on this reported that the sticking point on the amendment
>involving allowing use of material in the last 20 years where you COULD
>NOT track down the rights holder was photographs and that the outlook was
>While I find the constant expansion of the lengh of copyright somewhat
>unfair, I don't really accept the idea that rights holders are greedy people
>who deserve to be ripped off if one can find a legal way to do it.
>Studios spend a lot of money on the films in their libraries and I see no
>reason why they don't get to control pretty much everything they want to
>about them for several decades at least. As previously noted the MASSIVE
>complications involving thousands if not tens of thousands of different
>rights holders just for feature films are never really going to permit
>easy one stop shopping. Hey guys if it WERE easy , why would they
>need media librarians
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