[Videolib] video reproductions by libraries

Deborah Benrubi (benrubi@usfca.edu)
Tue, 09 Oct 2007 08:52:54 -0700

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At the risk of opening a big old can of worms I'd like to ask if you all
make copies of videos to keep in the library and bring out if the original
is damaged, deteriorating, lost, or stolen.

I have interpreted Section 108 to mean you can't make a copy until after
the fact of damage, etc. Of course that doesn't make sense but neither does
much of copyright law.

But it's been suggested to me that some libraries routinely make backup
copies of new video acquisitions. Do you? And do you circulate the copies
after the original is gone?

I have a background in law but I find Section 108 very confusing; sections
seem to contradict each other.

Deborah Benrubi
Technical Services Librarian
University of San Francisco
Gleeson Library|Geschke Center
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

PHONE (415) 422-5672 / FAX (415) 422-2233
EMAIL <benrubi@usfca.edu>

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At the risk of opening a big old can of worms I'd like to ask if you all make copies of videos to keep in the library and bring out if the original is damaged, deteriorating, lost, or stolen.

I have interpreted Section 108 to mean you can't make a copy until after the fact of damage, etc. Of course that doesn't make sense but neither does much of copyright law.

But it's been suggested to me that some libraries routinely make backup copies of new video acquisitions. Do you? And do you circulate the copies after the original is gone?

I have a background in law but I find Section 108 very confusing; sections seem to contradict each other.

Deborah Benrubi
Technical Services Librarian
University of San Francisco
Gleeson Library|Geschke Center
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

PHONE (415) 422-5672 / FAX (415) 422-2233
EMAIL <benrubi@usfca.edu>

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