Re: [Videolib] Problems With Media Players In Libraries

From: Chuck McCann <cmccann@fsu.edu>
Date: Tue Oct 13 2009 - 09:47:57 PDT

Good distinction, fair enough.

Chuck

Jessica Rosner wrote:
> Actually I don't really object to professors bringing back legal
> copies for CLASSROOM use. It is perfectly legal though
> it should be on a multi-system player. My BIG problem was professors,
> film groups, synagogues etc using dvds they bought overseas for PUBLIC
> FILM SCREENINGS. That really kills the business.
>
> On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 12:08 PM, Shoaf,Judith P <jshoaf@ufl.edu
> <mailto:jshoaf@ufl.edu>> wrote:
>
> The problem with finding a good review is that these players are
> illegal. Selling them or using them in the US is illegal according
> to a 2002 judgement.
>
> See http://www.copyright.gov/1201/docs/registers-recommendation.pdf
> pp. 120-124, esp. note 213: "multi-region players appear to
> violate the prohibition on circumvention."
>
> The judgment is that one should use a computer drive to play
> non-region-1 titles.
>
> Note also Jessica's bitter reference to professors who bring DVDs
> home from abroad and show them to their students, thereby limiting
> the income of the owners from selling the American distribution
> rights and limiting the business of companies which distribute
> foreign titles.
>
> (I was interested to see that a Canadian release of a Region 1 DVD
> set of a certain French TV show is now listed on Amazon.ca as a
> paperback--by category as well as in the description. You have to
> know what the DVD looks like to find and buy it. My guess is that
> the French folks panicked when they realized that all 127
> Americans who have ever heard of it can now buy a playable version
> based on the Canadian license. It has English subtitles but the
> menus and 100 chapter headings are all in French, so it is not
> really an English-language release, but it was good enough for me
> to lend it to a student so he could write a paper about it.)
>
> Judy Shoaf
>
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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.
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