Damaged Video & Copyright

Steve Cassel -SLO (scassel@winslo.ohio.gov)
Tue, 28 May 1996 15:05:08 -0400 (EDT)

My library has a video (priced over $700), that in the
course of circulation, has become damaged. The damage is in
the first two minutes of the video, the rest of the title is
undamaged. I am uncertain, due to copyright laws, if I can
perform a minor splicing repair. What about the legality
questions, if a repair was made, with the spine label of the
videocassette having been cut in two, and then requesting a
trade-in of a damaged video? The distributor of this video
places graphics on the beginning of the video, registering
the copy to my library, and they seem to take a very narrow
view to any variations in the copyright laws.
So... can a repair be made and might there be a problem
with a trade-in if, the videocassette had been repaired and
additional damage occured at a later time?

Thanks,

Steven Cassel