Re: Personal copies of videos on reserve

Kino International Corporation (kinoint@infohouse.com)
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 14:29:33 -0500

I have always considered myself liberal in my views on video ( at least
for a distributor) but I still feel a bootleg is a bootleg. There are alot
of reasons a film may not be available on video. I am basically only
familiar with feature films so I can not say how the following applies to
educational material. I seems just wrong to rip off a film maker or
producer because for whatever reason the film is not on video. A number of
very important films are not on video, especially foreign films which tend
to have very involved rights problems. Visconti's THE LEOPARD, Herzog's
NOSFERATU, all films by Ousmane Sembene are not on video. This does not
justify buying a bootleg copy. There are also thousands of hollywood studio
pictures not on video. Is it ok for the prof. to take them off AMC and use
them as long as he wants?.I am not stupid. I know profs do this all the
time and do not give a rats ass about copyright. I know media people can
not police everything, but I really feel that putting a bootleg of feature
film or any film on reserve basically supports the ripping off of
copyrighted material. Sometimes the teacher just can not get everything he
or she wants. It maybe that the title is only available on film though it
more likely it just NOT AVAILABLE at all. A bootleg film is exactly like a
xerox of a book. It just plain illegal and more importantly wrong.

On the Gary Vs Baxley debate, I sympathize with both sides. From my
limited understanding of the educational video world, I think Gary may be
directing anger at the wrong place. There are companies with two and three
tiered pricing who try to have their cake and eat it too, by charging a
lot of different prices and I know this pisses Gary off. I do not blame
him. However it did not seem to me from what I read, that Baxley falls into
that catagory. What really sucks are titles which are available to
inviduals AND Retail stores but for which companies still claim
institutions still have to pay some huge price for often uneeded PPV
rights. I think distributors that produce small educational films which
have basically little or no market beyond institutions, may just be trying
to be fair if an eager person wants a copy. However once a distributor
makes a title availabe to the wider market, the cats out of the bag and
they can not legally require a library to pay more than a store or
individual.

Regards

jessica

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