Video Lib Friends, Please direct me to a good source or give me some information on this. We have the VHS version of "Eyes on the Prize II." From what we can determine thus far, there is no DVD version of this particular title. Apparently licensing issues have kept "Eyes on the Prize II" from being translated into DVD. Eyes on the Prize I was translated into DVD in 2006 and is available for purchase from DVD.
So, since this is not available in DVD... and since our VHS tapes are starting to show wear, I "thought" that it might be a legal candidate for converting a copy to DVD for our faculty to use. ...especially since our IT department is pulling all VHS players and equipment out of our classrooms. They will no longer support this format. Our tech services librarian head says that his is NOT the case and quotes "copyright expert" Lolly Gasaway as saying, " . "There is no permission for libraries to convert format as long as the equipment for using VHS is still being manufactured or is still reasonably available." (This quote comes from her book, Copyright Questions and Answers for Information Professionals in press from Purdue University Press, due out in November). So, does anyone out there have any insights into this? If this title is never converted to DVD, may we not make an archival copy until literally our last VHS machine dies? Thanks for the input. Jared Alexander Seay Reference Librarian Head, Media Collections Addlestone Library College of Charleston Charleston SC 29424 Main Office: 843-953-1428 blogs.cofc.edu/seayj/<http://blogs.cofc.edu/seayj/> Media Collections: 843-953-8040 blogs.cofc.edu/media collections<http://blogs.cofc.edu/mediacollections/> Addlestone Report: blogs.cofc.edu/addlestonereport<http://blogs.cofc.edu/addlestonereport/> Reference Services: blogs.cofc.edu/refblog<http://blogs.cofc.edu/refblog/>
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