>What can one legally do when a video or film, legally purchased at the time,
>wears out and no new distributor can be found? Do any of you make a copy
>one last time before you throw out the worn out copy?
Despite opinions others may have expressed on this question, the copyright
law *specifically* permits libraries to duplicate a single copy of a
copyrighted item in its *entirety*.
Certain provisions apply, of course. These include:
* duplication is of an item the library already owns
* duplication is for purpose of preservation
* duplication is to replace a copy that is damaged, deteriorating,
lost, or stolen
* duplication is made from a copy secured from a library or archive
* the library has, after a reasonable effort, determined that an
unused replacement cannot be obtained at a fair price.
(Editorial note: Operant words: *reasonable* effort, *unused*
replacement, *fair* price)
These provisions are detailed in Section 108 of the Copyright Act of 1976,
Full text of the Copyright Act is available at this URL on the World Wide Web:
My thanx to Martha Day for clarifying these points to me earlier.
Hope this information helps.
deg farrelly, Media Librarian
Arizona State University West E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
4701 West Thunderbird Road Phone: 602.543.8522
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100 Fax: 602.543.8521