In response to Dennis, ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy
has, for 2 years in a row now, held a session (more of a series of
poster sessions) on copyright for librarians. Fair use has been
addressed by Dwayne Buttler (JD) from the University of Louisville. We
also deal with Section 108, ILL, Electronic Reserves, International
copyright, Section 110, Current legislation (Orphan works, etc.), etc.
It has been pretty popular and I think we've done a pretty good job.
Clearly the people you mention in your post have yet to attend.
Slavic Studies, German Studies & Media Arts Librarian
University of Arizona Library
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of John Streepy
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2007 3:52 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Cool complaint against those misrepresenting
Both this case and the situation that Dennis described are the reason
there needs to be some serious copyright reform. Both extremes are not
helping anyone. The law may stay the same, it may get more stringent or
become more lax, but what it really needs to be is rewritten in such a
way so that no one needs a legal education to understand it. It is
almost as bad as trying to figure out pass interference rules in the
NFL. Copyright impacts all of society and the laws regarding it need to
be written clearly and understandably, so John Q. Public knows exactly
what can and can not be done. If there are purposely gray areas in the
law, it needs to say as much, as in this area is open for interpretation
(for it must remain flexible), but this other area is black and white
(for somethings just do not change).
On a side note, I did just read somoething interesting, some economist
did a study and found that the optimum length of copyright (in terms of
getting money out of something) is roughly 14 years.
>>> Dennis Doros <email@example.com> 08/07/07 2:40 pm >>>
Then again, I want to vent because I had two libraries this week tell
me that they scheduled showings of THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED
(notices on their website and in the local newspapers) because "all
silent films are public domain" and "we tried to find the copyright
holder, but we couldn't find one."
The fact that they were both showing our DVD with the proper copyright
notices on it as well as our website address, (800) number and email
address on the DVD makes me wonder how honest people are these days.
The casual concept that everything is fair use unless you're caught is
one that really should be addressed by the ALA at the same time
libraries' legal rights are ever discussed.
Milestone Film & Video
On 8/7/07, Brewer, Michael <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> This is a very cool read.
> Michael Brewer
> Slavic Studies, German Studies & Media Arts Librarian
> University of Arizona Library
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