As for the joes and jills who bop in to watch Pulp Fiction for kicks...uh...
Media Resources Center
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
On Thu, 24 Oct 1996, First Run/Icarus Films wrote:
> Dear Gary,
> Are you saying that a university library - which is NOT open to the
> public - is a public place?
> Just curious
> Jonathan Miller
> First Run/Icarus Films
> 153 Waverly Place, 6th Floor
> New York, NY 10014
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> On Thu, 24 Oct 1996, Gary Handman wrote:
> > OK guys, now listen up.
> > Kris Brancolini, Rick Provine, and I were at an NVR (Rockefeller)
> > week-long symposium a year ago in Austen, TX. Ivan Bender (the Great
> > Panjandrum of Video Copyright) also attended. Now, Ivan used to be in
> > the pocket of AIM (in other words, an industry flack), but subsequently
> > got religion (or something) and jumped ship to the Consortium of College
> > and University Media Centers. Used to be (in Ivan's AIM days) that he
> > categorically claim that video use by an individual in a carrel in a
> > public place (such as a library) constituted public performance. At the
> > Austen bash, Ivan--to our great amazement and joy--indicated that he now
> > feels that such use would probably (PROBABLY) be looked upon as allowable
> > (i.e. without performance rights) in a place such as a library or school
> > media center. There has, to my knowledge, been no litigation supporting
> > either point of view...
> > Speaking purely for myself...I'd go to bat anytime in support of in-library
> > use by individuals...Sometimes its worth taking risks in support of broad
> > access to information...
> > Gary Handman
> > Director
> > Media Resources Center
> > Moffitt Library
> > UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
> > 510-643-8566
> > email@example.com