Re: Circulating videos

Judy Jones (
Tue, 16 Nov 1999 08:12:55 -0800 (PST)

Jessica, just about any library can afford to purchase movie
titles. It isn't even economically feasible to ILL them.
Mostly, at least at academic libraries, the titles most
requested are pricey educational titles that many libraries
cannot afford to own. That's where the stickey wicket might
come in because, as you said, the public performance rights are
not transferable as far as I know.

Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999
07:14:18 -0800 (PST) Reply-to:
From: "Jessica" <> To:
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Re: Circulating videos

I don't think "fair use" is that complicated in MOST cases. There is NO
problem showing a Legal copy of Saving Private Ryan in a history class
provided it is shown ON a VCR and not on closed circuit. This is neither
complicated nor difficult. Unless a tape is PURCHASED with SPECIFIC contract
provisions that PREVENT interlibrary loan than there should be no problem.
My only restriction with Kino titles is that when a tape is purchased with
Public Performance Rights those rights are NOT transferable to another
institution. I think most interlibrary loan problems would have more to do
with protecting valuable and possibly irreplacable material. This is the
librarian's decision. If you choose to let out your copy
of El Norte and it gets damaged you can not dupe off another so you have
decide if you want to loan such material.

Obviously there are increasing issues involving new technology but I do
not see how they would effect loans of videos in current collections.

The use of legitmate material in a classroom is a lot simpler than many
librarians or distributors will admit ( except of course in Canada)