I'm not so sure group buying is the answer--nobobdy ever said that
librarians could agree on anything any more than anybody else in this world.
The fact, as stated earlier, is that it is truly a market-driven issue.
Distributors aiming for a smaller market than major home video labels will
price their products (Gary H hates it when I call video titles "products")
On the other hand, more and more libraries are unwilling to pay a premium
for something they have little or no use for, like public performance
rights, when they can purchase the exact same title for a significantly
lower price from its home video distributor. Schools enjoy an exemption from
public performance copyright violation (in "face-to-face" teaching
situations) so they will also opt for the home video version of a title when
Keep working on that Jesse Colin Young impression, Randy.
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