[Videolib] Copyright lawyers and such

Deg Farrelly (deg.farrelly@asu.edu)
Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:16:41 -0700

I generally stay out of these questions... But in all fairness to the other members of this list...

I don't recall hearing anyone on this list say that they are looking to digitize and stream complete feature films. This is not to say that there are NOT folks in the academic world who are doing this. But in general, on this list the questions tend to be along the lines of "can I..." and "how much can I". These are posted with an honest respect for copyright and copyright holders, but also an expectation of applying the rights and privileges that principles in the US copyright law afford educators.

The issues of complete digitization and redistribution seem to me more of a problem with the bootleggers and such ilk OUTSIDE the academic community.

As for "copyright lawyers"... There are copyright lawyers who fight on both sides of the issues. Being a copyright lawyer for a commercial studio will naturally involve opinions and spinning cases for the interest of the studios. Ivan Bender was just such a lawyer at one time, who eventually completely reversed his positions and began to argue on behalf of education interests.

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> With all due respect a copyright owners lawyer might be exactly what the > list needs at least for point of view. Frankly all of us have been throwing > out lots of legal opinions here but per the whole big thread a while back I > have yet to find a single librarian or institution willing to say 'Hey I am > sure it is legal to stream/copy/ digitize FANTASIA, MODERN TIMES, RAIDERS OF > THE LOST ARK for our academic needs and I am willing to say that my > institution does this.

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