[Videolib] Consortium of 4 Distributors will Conduct Survey on Digital video licensing and usage

Jonathan Miller (jmiller@frif.com)
Tue, 19 Dec 2006 14:55:44 -0500


Bullfrog Films, California Newsreel, First Run/ Icarus Films, and Women Make
Movies recently announced the formation of the Independent Film
Distributors' Licensing Consortium (IFD'LC). The Consortium was established
with the objective of constructing a common approach for the licensing and
delivery of digital content to educational institutions, such as school,
colleges, universities, and public libraries.

The Consortium's first step will be to conduct a survey of their customers
in January, on key issues relating to digital licensing, delivery, and
usage. To better inform this process, and with the objective of initiating a
collaborative approach with our customers and the community of film/video
users, we would like to encourage your help in formulating the specifics of
our survey.

What do you think are the core questions we should be asking in order to
help us formulate best practices for our work together over the next few
years? Below are some of our first thoughts:

How is digital delivery being incorporated into your institution? if
infrastructure is in place or being developed, what are the technologies,
standards, formats, and rights and asset management practices being

2. What is the projected state of the institutions system of digital
delivery and usage in 2 years? Does your institution have a developed
digital delivery initiative?

3. What is the current approach to digital licensing for existing
collections and future acquisitions. how does this approach relate to
current and projected strategies of video acquisition, collection
development, and budgetary allocation?

Our intention at this point in the process is not for you to answer the
questions above, as the survey will be sent to a broad cross section of our
customers, but rather to offer your input about the questions you think the
consortium should be asking. Specific questions that your institution has
dealt with or is dealing with are welcomed as are more general queries.

The IFD'LC is working with media consultant Robin Vachal to research,
develop and carry out this the survey. Your comments and questions may be
sent directly to Robin at robin.vachal@gmail.com

Thank you for your help, and we look forward to working with you.

Best wishes for the holidays and the New Year.

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.