Re: individual patrons & pub. perf. rights

Kino International Corporation (kinoint@infohouse.com)
Thu, 24 Oct 1996 17:32:31 -0500

Well I can't speak on the letter of the law, but I have always found the
Study Carol thing crazy. I know of no case in which any library faced any
legal problems for this use. Unless the situation was really beyond the
pale ( 8 people gathered around a carol watching BATMAN) I can not see how
this violates copywrite. I do know of at least one library that actually
marks its PUBLIC PERFORMANCE copies for home use only because they do not
want people to watch them in the library.
I would be interested to see a test case on this,because I think
distributors would lose. It is simply not realistic especially for a
university library to have PPV on everything their patrons need to watch.

Jessica Rosner
Kino

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