Re: Roland Collection

Kristine R. Brancolini (
Wed, 26 May 1999 11:22:16 -0700 (PDT)

Leslie: This is one of the little hoaxes that *some* video distributors
want to perpetrate on libraries. If you don't need PPRs for the usual
reason -- you want to do public performances with the videos -- you
shouldn't have to pay for them. Then the distributor comes back with the
"institutional" pricing model. Translation: Libraries have more money
than individuals, so we should charge them more. If a title is not
essential to my collection, I will not buy it under these circumstances.
However, sometimes I have three profs clamoring for a title, so I relent.
Usually, however, if I tell the prof that the distributor is trying to
gouge the institution, they say, "Forget it. I don't need it that badly."
If I were LAPL and didn't really need the title, I wouldn't buy it under
these circumstances. It's extortion and a waste of taxpayers money.

Hot button for me.

Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries

On Wed, 26 May 1999, Leslie Andersen wrote:

> Hi all - I just received a call from the Roland Collection re an order I placed
> with them. I sent an order for several titles with their home use prices
> calculated. They are telling me I have to purchase from them at the
> institutional price which includes public performance rights. Obviously,
> I'm not interested in PPR for these titles as I only intend to lend them.
> They say I have to pay for *lending* rights. I explained to them that there
> is no basis in law for this. What does everyone else think? The price is
> twice as much for PPR. What do others do? Just pay it? Thanks for
> your input -
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Leslie Andersen
> Non-Print Materials Evaluator
> County of Los Angeles Public Library