Most of the producers we represent are independents who have leveraged
everything they own to produce their film or video and depend upon the
royalties I pay them to keep working. And I hope we all recognize that
it is important for them to keep producing since some of the best films
and videos in collections around the country are independent
productions. I don't believe it is fair to them or the companies that
represent them for an organization to willfully circumvent paying an
educational/organizational price and place videos purchased for home use
Of course, it is quite another matter when a title is offered at one
price for all markets, and we have several that fall into this category.
PREVENTING ELDER ABUSE, for example, is priced at $24.95 across the
board because its production was underwritten by the California Attorney
General's office to allow it to be made available at a lower price.
Stan Diamond wrote:
> While I can appreciate the need for distributors to profit on the
> sale of their collections, the copyright law clearly provides that any
> legally acquired video may be used in a face to face teaching situation
> without regard to copyright restriction. It would then appear that this
> clause (which I believe is 110a) would cover purchased home use videos when
> used in a classroom.