Re: Home Use Videos in Meeting Rooms

Maurine Canarsky (maurinec@muskox.alaska.edu)
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 09:47:53 -0700 (PDT)

Kristine:

Yes, please send me the citations. It looks like more than one of us is
interested in this--maybe you could post to the list?

Thanks very much in advance,
Maurine Canarsky, Media Librarian
Noel Wien Public Library
1215 Cowles St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-459-1020
907-459-1024 Fax
maurinec@muskox.alaska.edu
On Tue, 31 Aug 1999, Kristine R. Brancolini wrote:

> 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
> documentation.
>
> 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
> > maurinec@muskox.alaska.edu
> >
>
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