Some public and academic libraries have worried about allowing library
patrons to watch home-use videos in libraries -- at individual stations or
in small group viewing rooms, but literally *no* library that permits this
activity has ever received a cease-and-desist letter from a copyright
holder, let alone been taken to court. There are articles in law journals
about this topic. I can send you some citations if you need more
Indiana University Libraries
On Tue, 31 Aug 1999, Maurine Canarsky wrote:
> Hello Videolibbers:
> We are a public library and have 4 meeting rooms. We offer VCR equipment
> use in all of them.
> My question is:
> If we designate 3 of the meeting rooms as "private", meaning that the
> meeting is not open to the public, can "home use" videos be legally
> viewed in them if the group using the room is a family?
> Thanks in advance for your opinions and help.
> Maurine Canarsky, Media Librarian
> Noel Wien Public Library
> 1215 Cowles St.
> Fairbanks, AK 99701
> 907-459-1024 Fax