Re: Home Use Videos in Meeting Rooms

Jessica (
Tue, 31 Aug 1999 14:29:23 -0700 (PDT)

I was only replying to the specific question about family groups but in
general I agree with Kris provided you use a little common sense. If 10
students in an intro film class all want to watch CITIZEN KANE together in a
conference room I don't see a problem but if a student group or Frat wants
to reserve a conference room to screen a specific movie at a specific time
there may be a problem. You can't really allow the room to be used for some
kind of regularly scheduled films as this would enter the realm of a public
screening but as for the studios who have claimed that study carrels
constitute a Public Performance, I think that is insane ( though I know a
few libraries who pay for this)

>From: "Kristine R. Brancolini" <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: Re: Home Use Videos in Meeting Rooms
>Date: Tue, Aug 31, 1999, 7:25 PM

>I think you can use home-use videos for private showings in your library
>meeting rooms, even if the people using them are not a family. If calling
>the room "private" makes it like a home, the home-use applies to a family
>or a small group of friends. You can invite everyone you know over to your
>house to watch a video on a Saturday night. If someone wants to interpret
>the law narrowly, any showing in a public room -- these are public rooms
>given the legal definition -- requires a public performance license, but I
>wouldn't worry about being overly consciencious about this. Our local
>public library has small viewing room that anyone can use, individually or
>in small groups. No one has ever told them to stop. I think it you
>rigidly enforce that the small group can include family members only, you
>are denying access to your collection unnecessarily.
>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
>Kristine Brancolini
>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
>> 907-459-1020
>> 907-459-1024 Fax