Re: PRICE GOUGING or GOOD BUSINESS? -Reply

Susan Sloan (sesloan@osprey.smcm.edu)
Thu, 04 Apr 1996 09:02:24 -0400

I agree with everyone so far. Unfortunately, the education of many
librarians, library employees, and businesses who deal with "rights" has
yet to catch up with the reality of the market. As we all become better
educated in the law, companies like this one (and they are not alone;
many of us have run into this type of thing) won't feel (ignorantly) that
they can make blanket policies such as they have. They wouldn't stand
up in any court. I repeat; education in the key, and I feel it is our jobs as
professionals to help others - including small businesses - understand
the law and the proper and fair use of all materials, whether they're used
by patrons or professors. So go back to your company, threaten nicely
and rightly to make their policy known to other institutions, and try your
best to help them understand the error of their ways. We all have to do
what we can, and then leave it for the market to decide. But don't give
up the good fight!

By the way: we were able to get "Weapons of the Spirit" inexpensively -
including lifetime public performance rights.

Sue Sloan
St. Mary's College of Maryland
sesloan@osprey.smcm.edu