Nova and video rights

Mon, 16 Sep 1996 12:29:21 -0400 (EDT)

As a newcomer to the list, I hope I'm not raising a question
that's been gone over again and again, but here goes:

I have a set of 3/4" Nova programs in our collection that was
purchased commercially from Time-Life video in the early to
mid-80s. With our campus on the verge of phasing out all
3/4" classroom showings, I'm trying to get VHS copies of the
programs that are still being requested (two in particular are
_Aging: The Methuselah Syndrome_ and _To Live Until You Die_).
I've contacted everyone I can think of, including WGBH, and no
one seems to sell them anymore, nor can anyone tell me who holds
the rights now. I'd be happy to simply buy the duplication rights
so we could make 1/2" copies here if we just knew who to talk to.
In the meantime, I've got professors requesting the use of the
tapes, the media equipment people ready to kill me for making them
set up old equipment to run tapes that are shedding oxide and
jamming the machines, and I'm stuck in the middle.

Any suggestions? Anyone out there dealt with these issues (the Nova
tapes in particular or the 3/4"-to-1/2" replacement) before and have
any advice?

Thanks in advance --

Jay Rozgonyi
Multi-Media Services Librarian
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY