[Videolib] Closed Captioning

Claire Rasmussen (Rasmussen@matcmadison.edu)
Fri, 28 Sep 2007 14:23:52 -0500

Hello Everyone,
My institution is pushing for a policy of purchasing only closed captioned films, even if that means purchasing an educationally inferior product (or no product at all) as a means of putting grass-roots pressure on companies/organizations to cc their films. Are other institutions (outside of California) instituting this kind of resolve?

We are also trying to retroactively cc some of our current holding (at significant cost to ourselves). When I have contacted companies to solicit copyright permission to close caption their videos, some have suggested that they will not charge us a fee to make a closed captioned copy so long as we send them the cc version. My generous nature would agree to this--especially if the co. would then make the cc version available to the public, thus expanding access, etc. My outraged nature thinks they should bear at least some of the cost of having the films cc.

Thoughts? Suggestions as to whether I should accept their offer?


Claire E. Rasmussen
Reference and Media Librarian
MATC Truax Library
3550 Anderson Street
Madison WI 53704
(608) 246-6085

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