Re: Videos purchased in other countries

Kino International Corporation (
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 12:48:01 -0500

Actually the contract would prevent one distributor from poaching in on
another distributors territory. Also New Yorker would have every right to
cease & desist any copies sold in the US. I think XALA is a particularly
Bad case since it is AVAILABLE in the US, albeit in a less convenient
format (16mm). What happened to the "we tried everything we could to get
the title legally" arguement that was used to justify the "personal
copies". Kino often gets films that take a long time to get to the US and
longer to get on video. FALLEN ANGELS was available in the UK and bootleg
in the US. long before our recent video release but I would clearly be
upset if an institution purchased one of those copies. We will shortly be
releasing ( on film, than video) THE OGRE a film by Volker Schlondorff
which has been on the shelf for two years. I imagine it is available on PAL
but again, I would be pretty pissed off if anyone bought or sold these
copies in the US.

On the other hand, I must admit that on titles were there is NO FILM
material and NO US rights holder, I am much more sympathetic. I suppose it
is not fair to expect a media center to know the difference but I think in
the case of XALA it is pretty well known who owns it.


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