Re: Personal copies of videos on reserve

Kino International Corporation (
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 09:02:15 -0500

I have always been amused that the MPAA guidlines state that a licence is
required for individual viewing in a library study carol. As stated before
you do not need any extra licence to put a LEGAL copy on reserve. I realize
Kris was being honest when she stated that Indiana would use an Illegal
copy if they could not obtain a legal one but this is frustrating. Do
libraries put xeroxed copies of books they can not get ? We all know that
tens of thousands of titles are NOT LEGALLY available and I think off air &
bootleg transfers are very unfair since these films are protected.

I think the above also relates to THE WHITE ROSE closed circuit question
posed before. I know that last year I went into some detail as to why
closed circuit use for classes is VERY BAD IDEA. The main reason is that
thousands of titles can not be cleared for broadcast and unless the prof
wants to change the whole sylabus. Closed Circuit will work fine for
entertainment or perhaps a special event, but for whole classes it forces
you to either broadcast A lot of films illegally or radically change the

Bottom line folks, lots of films ARE NOT LEGALLY available on video or
for broadcast so the prof is just going to have to find something else. If
the title is legal. than there is no problem putting on reserve ( except
for our northern neighbors and their restrictive copyright laws)

Jessica Rosner

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