Re: Personal copies of videos on reserve

Jim Scholtz (
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 08:53:25 -0600

Hi, I can tell you from personal experience working at a reference/reserve
desk in a college library that, many times, photocopies of book chapters,
magazine articles, etc. are put on reserve for students. The Library tries
to discover if these items are legally acquired or not/multiple duplication
rights have been acquired) but sometimes it is difficult to ascertain that
information, especially within the time requirements of the
instructor/course of study. This practice of "limited time access material
on reserve for a particular course" is quite different than placing a
photocopy of an entire book (which is what you are relating your scenario
to) on a library shelf for the duration of its shelf life accessible to the
general populace at large. (I know that the copyright laws don't care
about this distinction (only type of use, author's rights, and content
significance are involved in the law). Jim Scholtz
At 06:01 AM 10/28/98 -0800, you wrote:
> 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
>Kino International Corporation
>333 W. 39th St. Suite 503
>New York, NY 10018
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