Milos Stehlik of Facets Multimedia based here in Chicago told the group
they should PICKET the ALA for their lack of foresight and understanding
about the huge importance of the moving image. Media literacy is the
DOMINANT issue today. He said the ALA is focused on print and needs to
expand, as it is NOT in the world of the visual image. There is nothing
in the conference schedule that addresses digital technology changes.
The ALA needs to CONNECT with the public where they are at and currently
that is the moving image. We, as media librarians, must help raise
consciousness of the VITAL importance of film and video in our society
Couldn't have said it better myself. Anyone wanna take him up on it
next ALA? Brush up on your Saul Alinsky....
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Gary Handman
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Ok I FOUND the ALA handout on "movie night"
When this thing was first put out by ALA I had a long and fairly
discussion with the author of the piece (a woman whose name I have since
forgotten). As I recall she ended the conversation by saying that "we
agreed to disagree", at which point I informed her that I didn't agree
all...the information was wrong. Period.
It's one thing for ALA to have ignored film and video for the last 50
years, it's another to spread disinformation about their acceptable use
At 10:44 AM 8/8/2007, you wrote:
>It is headlined
>SHOWING MOVIES IN THE LIBRARY? IS THIS LEGAL
>I can't type the whole thing in but here is a summery with some quotes
>It starts with a question if a fictional library wants to show DVDs
>A movie night
>The answer is that this is public performance "an exclusive right of
>copyright holder" and "Technically " Lily ( the librarian in question)
>Would be violating copyright and the copyright holder could take her to
>Next section is WHAT SHOULD LILY DO?
>It advices " IN GENERAL Lily should obtain public performance rights
>showing movies to the public and should try to contract the right
>However it then goes on to say
>"Movie night" at the public library is not unusual- many libraries have
>these types of events. No Library has been taken to court for
>infringement ( that we know of). We could speculate that copyright
>are not interested in pursuing a court case because of the expense of
>litigation or because they feel movie night does not significantly
>their market or because they figure these screenings are fair uses"...
>If Movie Night is a widespread occurrence in public libraries PERHAPS (
>their emphasis) it has also "shaped" the law by being an infringing
>the law ALLOW but does not punish"
>The one ACCURATE thing about the above is that of course companies
>want to go to the expense of litigation. Silly us we are relying on
>libraries to protect our copyright . This official document of ALA is
>essence saying go ahead and violate copyright because no one will catch
>and they can't afford to sue you.
>In fairness to libraries and librarians I don't think ILLEGAL movie
>are that wide spread but this sure does not help
>This document was prepared by the ALA office of Information Technology
>Policy and handed out at the conference in 2005 ( and was at least at
>time also on the web site)
>So if you want to know why I have some concerns about ALA giving proper
>information on PPR and protecting rights that is it.
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