Re: 3/4"-Umatic and 16mm Film Replacements

Kino International Corporation (kinoint@infohouse.com)
Wed, 11 Feb 1998 16:44:30 -0500

OK Judy.
I get a bit sensitive because I get a lot of calls and Purcher Orders from
libraries asking to duplicate material just in case of a problem etc. and
most think there is nothing wrong with it. This is my last word on the
subject but just a test case. Suppose you have a 16mm copy of THE MAN IN
THE GLASS BOOTH that is detoriating THese prints were sold back in the
early seventies. This title is TOTALLY out of distribution in Any format.
It is not clear who exactly owns this film but it is certainly copywrited.
Under your definition you would be able to make a copy of this detoriating
film onto video so long as you made a reasonable effort to locate the
distributor/owner. This particular title has a convoluted history which now
involves both AMerican Express and Warner Bros, but this would not be
evident to anyone looking and its distribution backround. What exactly is
the difference between transfering a copy of THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH or
a sixties documentary on DNA? Surely both have major educational value. A
full scale copywrite search on any given title may run several hundred
dollars and I do not suppose that is what you are proposing.

I really do understand that this is a difficult issue and would not
blame anyone that wanted to transfer the materials. However I still believe
that if any copywrited holder ever challanged this ( a very remote
possibility), I think they would win.

I promise this is my last word on this or any other topic for a while as I
am off to London & Paris. Video lib is spared my rantings and mispellings
for the next two weeks

Jessica

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