Re: [Videolib] A very badass copyright ruling

From: Charles Mccann <>
Date: Sat Aug 15 2009 - 08:11:46 PDT

You should be able to make backups, this is a ridiculous ruling against educational use, and shows that reasonable reforms are still needed in copyright exemptions.

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From: "Shoaf,Judith P" <>
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009 9:48 am
Subject: Re: [Videolib] A very badass copyright ruling
To: "" <>

> Thanks for drawing attention to this.
> It seems to me there is a big difference between making a personal
> copy off broadcast (SONY) and making a backup copy of a personal
> copy which is already available to be moved from one machine to
> another or viewed at any time.
> I remember back in the mid-90s learning a mantra along the lines
> of "when you buy a VHS copy it is only good for the life of the
> copy. You have no right to make a backup copy." It seems to me
> obvious that RealNetworks' Facet player violates this rule.
> I do not like the studios' attitude much, but I find myself
> agreeing with the ruling. Yes, if your DVD breaks, you have to buy
> another one.
> It's tough for language professors who buy DVDs abroad that may
> only be available for a short time even in the country where the
> film was made. Especially since the courts have made it difficult
> for such instructor to play the DVDs in this country.... There is
> a lot wrong with the law but I don't see this player helping it
> out at all.
> Judy Shoaf (Language Learning Center, UF)
> <>

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