Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 17:51:16 -0700
From: GHUGGINS@kckpl.lib.ks.us (Gary Huggins)
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: individual patrons & pub. perf. rights
Has anyone done any research on the issue of public performance rights and
individual, in-library carrel video viewing? In a recent "Video Librarian" Randy
Pitman states categorically that "a patron cannot, I repeat, cannot, watch a
video that does not include public performance rights on library premises"; he
also mentions "the famous ALA interpretation of copyright law which argued that
in-library carrel showings were perfectly legal".
So which is it? Does it come down to which interpretation one chooses to listen
to? I'm referring to a single patron watching a video, alone, in a setting where
no one else can see the screen - no group showings.
Is anyone aware of a final word on the subject? And can anyone whose library has
rejected the ALA interpretation in favor of a stricter application of public pe
rformance rights give me a little information of how they've gone about it? Do y
ou determine the rights of each film in your collection, or limit viewing to a c
ertain number of pre-determined titles, etc.?
gary l. huggins phone: 1-913 551-3280 ext. 210
kansas city, kansas public library email: email@example.com
625 minnesota avenue
kansas city, ks 66101-2805