I see no problem with showing it in class, but I am nearly certain you are not legally allowed to copy it. Perhaps students who miss class or want to see it again could pool their resources and do a 2nd streaming. Have you been able to contact Atlas media directly? Jo Anne is correct that it the iTunes use may depend on the exact wording because a rights holder can restrict use by contract.
Also a pet peeve. It is the "face to face" teaching exemption in copyright law which allows you to use any legally obtained video in a class. The short version of "Fair Use" is that allows you to use a portion of an otherwise copyrighted work in creating a new work so using clips or images from films in a lecture, student project etc ( I am not limiting to that but those are the most basic examples). On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM, <matthew.wri...@unlv.edu> wrote: > I apologize if this question has been asked before; I am new to this list. > > > We have a professor that wants her students to watch a video. Its possible > that she will show it in class, but its also possible she will ask each of > them to watch it outside of class. > > The title is: Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead. > > She asked the library to purchase a DVD or maybe a few copies. I have > tried and its not available in this format (not from Amazon, the film home > page, robertbleckerwantsmedead.com, not from the distributor, Atlas > Media). I contacted the distributor and they said they had no intention of > putting the film on DVD but only marketing it through iTunes. It is > available on iTunes for $7.99. > > I am curious how other libraries have handled situations where the only > source of a film is iTunes. If she decided to show it to the class, I don't > see it as a major problem because I think fair use would allow it to be > shown in class and we would buy one copy for her iTunes account and she > could show it from her laptop in class (and they are not marketing it with > public performance rights anyway). But what about students who miss class? > Or if she decides to have each student view it outside of class. You > cannot share files on iTunes with other users. Its not like a link that can > be sent among the student body. And, what if other students or professors > want to watch it but have the library pay? It really is a compelling film > if you are interested in the death penalty. > > I am told there are programs that will allow you take stuff on iTunes and > convert it to DVD but its probably of questionable legality and also time > consuming for my staff. I am disappointed in Atlas Media for not marketing > this as a DVD. > > Any advice appreciate, > Matthew > > > Matthew Wright > Head of Collection Development and Instructional Services > William S. Boyd School of Law > University of Nevada Las Vegas > 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451080 > Las Vegas, NV 89154-1080 > (702) 895-2409; (702) 895-2410 (fax) > VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues > relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, > preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and > related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective > working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication > between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and > distributors. > > -- Jessica Rosner Media Consultant 224-545-3897 (cell) 212-627-1785 (land line) jessicapros...@gmail.com
VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.