Re: Personal copies of videos on reserve

Judy Jones (jonesjm@libraryserver.lib.csus.edu)
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 08:39:27 PST8PDT

I wish to point out that there is a huge difference between
"closed circuit" transmission and "broadcast" transmission.
Many large distributors allow closed circuit transmission and
ITFS transmission rights with the purchase of their titles
(educational). PBS video for example. What is hard to obtain,
if not impossible, are broadcast rights. This has left our
budding distance education program at a real disadvantage. It
is also causing the deterioration of many of my most expensive
and popular educational titles as hundreds and hundreds of DE
students troop into the Library Media Center to watch on
prem. My replacement video costs are skyrocketing.

Date:
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 06:02:02 -0800 (PST) Reply-to:
videolib@library.berkeley.edu From: kinoint@infohouse.com
(Kino International Corporation) To: Multiple recipients
of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> Subject: Re: Personal
copies of videos on reserve

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
course.

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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