Copywrite

Kino International (kinoint@InfoHouse.com)
Tue, 23 Jan 1996 09:18:31 -0500

This is a long overdue response to the copywrite issue from the evil rights
holder side.

I wonder how the teachers who feel free to dupe tapes, chain 16mm prints,
run tapes on cable without paying for them etc would feel if everything
they ever wrote was just xereoxed without anyone actually buying the book
or magazene. I am really suprised by the level of arrogance and superiority
displayed by teachers who think that becauses they are useing material "
For educational Purposes" they don't have to pau anything for it. The "
face to face teaching exemption is one thing, but duping etc. is something
else.

I understand the frustration that they want to use a particular film or
program that may never have been released or is out of print, but does this
justify ripping off a rights holder?. I find that it is often the teacher
who is horrofied that a 16mm film or a video is out of print or never
released are the same ones who do not think twice about useing some off air
bootleg. Why exactly do they think the title is unavailable? My company
specializes in small art and classic films in both 16mm and video and you
need a certain amount of sales to justify a release on 16mm or video. If
media people continue to show illegal copies or condone illegal screenings
do not be suprised if there is nothing left to use but bad bootlegs.

I know that most AV/Media professionals know what is legal and what is
not. There are some grey areas, but duping and broadcasting tapes on cable
are not legal under any circumstances without the permission of the rights
holder. I appreciate that most of you try to do the right thind and are
under alot of pressure, but why is it that with some media people ,
violating copywrite is no big deal. I have never had a problem with a
public library, if anything they are overly cautious. Instituitions of
higher learning are in my experience very callous about copywrite. One
recently told me that they wanted to show films on the campus closed
circuit system so the students could watch the film in the confort of their
dorm room.

Anyway thats how copywrite looks from the other side

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
Kinoint@infohouse.com

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