Re: [Videolib] Copies of Videos for reserve
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 13:10:21 -0800 (PST)

They really can't legally be placed on reserve. There is no specific
stricture or section in the copyright law governing the taping and use of
materials off the air (i.e. from TV). There are only informal guidelines:
The Kastenmeier guidelines
( provide a kind of
safe harbor set of practices, but are technically binding under the law.
That said, what you're proposing does not fit these guidelines.

You should note that many institutions have chosen to either liberalize or
disregard the guidelines. I'd say that even under the most liberal of
stances, however, what you propose to do is questionable. I'd avoid doing


> Greetings Everyone,
> This is my first post to the list, so I apologize if I am asking a very
> basic question.
> We recently had an instructor bring us a couple videos in VHS format. One
> is a copy of a hallmark channel movie from the 80s and the other is a copy
> of a feature film from the 80s. She would like these placed on traditional
> in-house reserve that would be available to students for in room use
> during the spring semester. Our preliminary research shows that these are
> not available for purchase.
> What do I need to consider when determining if these can be placed on
> reserve? Is it the four factors that I consider for our traditional
> paper-based reserve items and/or something else?
> Thanks for any assistance you can provide.
> Pauline
> *******************
> Pauline Lynch Shostack
> Electronic Resources Librarian
> Onondaga Community College
> Syracuse, NY 13215
> Phone: 315-498-2708
> ********************

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley


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