For the record, we got this email too and our legal counsel
recommended saying simply that we purchased our copy legally and we
abide by the copyright law. His initial reaction was to recommend
ignoring it altogether.

On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 2:43 PM, Deg Farrelly <deg.farre...@asu.edu> wrote:
> Sharing with the Videolib list an email from a video distributor, and my 
> internal response to the Collection Development office for use in replying to 
> the original message.  (Snipped to remove some elements that are 
> institutionally specific)
>
>
> <snip>
>
> That said, the author of this email is incorrect in his assertion.
>
> I assume, as we often do, this title was purchased through Amazon.com, where 
> it is currently listed as being in stock and sold for $13.50
>
> If so, our copy is a legally acquired copy, and governed by the rule of first 
> sale, which allows a library to loan or otherwise use a copy.
>
> Additionally, US Copyright law specifically exempts us from needing public 
> performance rights to use a legally acquired video in classes.
>
> See:  http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#110
>
> When a video is sold through other markets, the distributor cannot place a 
> requirement on us to acquire PPR, or pay the higher price.  Were the 
> distributor the sole distributor, they could refuse to sell us the home video 
> copy and insist that we pay $250.  But as we (I assume) purchased through 
> Amazon, they cannot make that claim.
>
> -deg
>
> --
> deg farrelly, Full Librarian
> Mail Code 1006
> Arizona State University
> P.O. Box 871006
> Tempe, AZ 85287
> Phone:  480.965.1403
> Email:  deg.farre...@asu.edu
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>
>> Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2011 11:16 AM
>
>>
>> I am writing on behalf of Roy Germano Films LLC, the copyright holder of a
>> film you carry in your library called THE OTHER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION.
>> According to our records, the DVD copy of THE OTHER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION that
>> you have on your shelves is licensed for home use only (retail price: $20).
>> To carry this film in your library, you must purchase a DVD that has been
>> licensed for use in college/university libraries (retail price: $250).
>>
>> DVDs licensed for college/university use are sold exclusively on our website
>> --
>> http://www.TheOtherSideOfImmigration.com
>>
>> On our website, you will notice a link on the upper-righthand side of the
>> website to purchase "DVDs Licensed for Colleges/Universities". Please click
>> that link to enter our secure online store and make your purchase.
>>
>> We hope you will attend to this matter as soon as possible. Please feel free
>> to contact me at this address if you should have any questions, believe our
>> records are incorrect, or would like to arrange to make your purchase with
>> our distributor by phone or email.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Roy Germano, Ph.D.
>> Founder/CEO, Roy Germano Films LLC
>
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