Libraries renting cassettes?

CATARCHIVE@aol.com
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 22:26:56 -0400 (EDT)

In a recent string about a video title search there was a reply in which a
librarian mentioned that she could help -- her library had bought the title,
it was on the shelf, and she'd be glad to rent it out. This came as a shock
to me, but maybe it shouldn't have. Is such "cooperation" common? As a
distributor I would be miffed if my clients became my competitors. In fact,
on the cassettes from this company, Creative Arts Television, there is a
label saying that the material is just for research and classroom use --
commercial exploitation is prohibited, together with copying, broadcasting,
etc. Are these caveats just ignored? Suppose it also said *and not to be
rented to other institutions* ? A reality check here would be much
appreciated. Thanks.
Stephan Chodorov