[Videolib] ALA & Public showings

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Wed, 08 Aug 2007 11:00:44 -0400

I admit I am very gun shy re the ALA and its information on Public Showings
Only a few years ago they passed out at the ALA Conference and official ALA
document explaining that while it was a violation of copyright to show films
in the library , you could go ahead and do it because you would probably not
get caught.
I am NOT making this up and I in fact kept a copy of this until relatively
recently but a recent desk cleaning ( resulting in one ton of recycle paper)
has removed it.

Ironically I have always trusted Libraries themselves. Until recently it was
very , very rare to see a library program a film without clearing it. There
does seem to be a significant uptick in this lately though it is still only
the tiniest fraction of illegal showings. Illegal college showings are
probably 100 times more likely and come from a variety of sources from
student groups to academic departments. These are very difficult to police
And have cost companies like Kino a lot of revenue particularly on foreign

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Jessica Rosner
Kino International
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NY NY 10018

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