DONATED BROADCAST VIDEOS

Lloyd Jansen: Kinks Fan (JANSEL02@STOCKTON.LIB.CA.US)
Mon, 25 Mar 1996 16:44:44 -0800 (PST)

I am the chair of my public library's video committee and I'm
wrestling with the issue of donated "preview" videos. The main
arts writer for our local newspaper has very kindly been donating
to the library preview videos that he is sent from various sources.
Some of these videos are movies newly released on video. We are
very careful not to add any videos to our collection that
are clearly labelled as "Demos" or contain any other phrases that
might put us in a position of infringing on the copyright. He also
donates preview videos of programs from various networks such as
episodes of Mystery or Masterpiece Theatre. These are usually good
quality dubs with just generic labels from the network on the tapes
that have the title, broadcast date, length, and other basic information
typed on them. The packaging is not the most beautiful, but some of
the shows are good and we would like to catalog and circulate some of
them. Though there are no copyright statements or warnings on either
the packaging or the tape itself, I'm a little uneasy about just
putting them out there. Has anyone else dealt with "preview" videos
and/or does anyone have any insights about legality of making these
videos part of a circulating collection?

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Lloyd Jansen
Cataloging Librarian "Celluloid heroes never feel any
Stockton-San Joaquin County pain/And celluloid heroes never
(California) Public Library really die" -- R.D. Davies
(209) 937-8670
jansel02@stockton.lib.ca.us