Re: Damaged Video & Copyright

Findley-Hancock Reference Librarian (
Tue, 28 May 1996 18:55:50 -0400 (EDT)

A $700 video? I'd say go ahead and fix it---you
also have an obligation to the taxpayers in regards
to spending the budget wisely, that includes repair
of broken items. If the company is unhappy then they
should replace broken items! Carol

On Tue, 28 May 1996, Steve Cassel -SLO wrote:

> 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