RE: Needs Advice

Steve Cassel -SLO (scassel@winslo.ohio.gov)
Thu, 8 May 1997 12:42:58 -0400 (EDT)

Stan,

With regard to videos being shown in churches, I agree that
the showing of a video to an auditorium of people informally
gathered would not be permitted without a public performance
licence. But, what about Bible classes? Bible classes that
meet every week in the same room, with the same teacher/leader
using a regular curriculum, the same select small group meets
in a classroom setting, and the Bible class lasts for three
months. The video has a direct connection to the curriculum
of the Bible class, and is not shown just for "entertainment."
To me, structured Bible classes like this are the same as
the education fair use under the Copyright laws for public
schools. Any thoughts?

Steven L. Cassel, Media Consultant
State Library of Ohio
65 S. Front Street, Room 502
Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 644-9958
(614) 466-3584 FAX

scassel@winslo.state.oh.us

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Date: Sat, 3 May 1997 08:59:19 -0400
From: Stan Diamond <sxd@psulias.psu.edu>
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: Need advise

..However, if the library intends to use these videos as part of
in-library programs (such as story hour) or loan them to church groups or
fraternal organizations who intend to use them as part of public programs,
then the library needs to purchase public performance rights for these
materials...