Re: Pricing, labelling

Kristine R. Brancolini (
Wed, 8 Dec 1999 10:18:07 -0800 (PST)

Short answer: No. I sent out the citations on this a couple of months
ago, but legal experts agree that we have the right to allow our patrons
-- in any type of library -- to view home video titles in our libraries in
individual and small group viewing settings. Public libraries only need
public performance rights if they plan to actually sponsor group showings
(either free or for an admission price). However, virtually all expensive
titles come with public perfomance rights. That's part of what you are
buying for the higher price.

Kristine Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries

On Wed, 8 Dec 1999, Lori Stevens wrote:

> My 2 cents: As far as viewing stations in a public library are
> concerned: In a public library which is a public building hence a
> public setting, aren't public performance rights being violated if they
> have not been purchased for the expensive title the patron wants to
> view?
> Lori Stevens
> Media Librarian
> Utah Valley State College Library
> 800 W. University Parkway
> Orem, Utah 84058
> >>> Brigid Duffy <> 12/07/99 02:13PM >>>
> Dear Videolibers,
> Okay, this is not my area - all of SFSU's videos are checked out to
> faculty only, and if it ever came down to it, the University could
> subtract the cost of a video from their paycheck - but for public
> librarians who (rightly so) wince at allowing general users to take $300+
> videos home --
> Isn't that a good argument for having a Video Reference area, just like a
> book Reference area? Pricey videos behind the librarian's desk, an
> appropriate number of carrels with headphones nearby, take ID while they
> watch it, and listen to them gasp when they bring it back and ask how much
> buying their own copy would be. And/or refer them to the vendor, on the
> idea that the more people who ask about a tape, the lower the price will
> get.
> Okay, so tell me why it won't work ...
> Brigid Duffy
> Audio Visual/ITV Center
> San Francisco State University
> San Francisco CA 94132-4200
> E-mail: