Media professionals that are expert in this area should not take offense
because there are a GREAT number of people that work with copyrighted works
on video that do not know the law and are struggling for answers.
Morevover, distributors, including myself should not be so narrow about
their product as to assume that all academic use of programming relates to
Film Survey Classes. There are a great many academic uses for copyrighted
works that are not feature films, and there are classes that use movies
that are not Film Surveys. For example, we work with the History
Department at Boston College who transmits titles like Gandhi, and A
Passage To India over the entire campus closed circuit cable system
(required for classroom use), but open to the entire campus over the cable
system, and this does constitute a public performance for which BC pays a
In the non feature area, there remain a great many titles that are desired
for the same sort of usage, e.g. the LOUVRE 200 series, this series was
requested by Thomas Ward, Ph.D, Director of the Language Learning Center at
Loyola College in Maryland (Films Inc holds the rights to this series and
we are about to communicate the same to Dr. Ward following his request to
the producer of the series, and offer him a license arrangment for
transmission over the campus cable system).
Hoping this helps.
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