Collective Wisdom, 

I’m trying to purchase a physical copy of, or institutional streaming rights 
for, 13th , Ava DuVernay’s new documentary:
It’s a Netlfix distributed film, which makes me cringe as I have my doubts that 
it will be released on DVD or distributed to .edus. I’m hoping you can tell me 
I am wrong. 

This issue — online only media that is unavailable to .edu institutions — is 
one I’m encountering with greater frequency. I’m imagining some of you are, 
too, so I thought I would send an update on an IMLS funded project that 
colleagues and I had over the past few years. It focussed on the proliferation 
of online-only music (i.e., streaming or download only, no physical format 
availability) and libraries' inability to purchase such content b/c of 
licensing agreements that allow individual use and, on the flip-side, forbid 
institutional use. Same as the Netflix streaming only releases. This article 
highlights our project:
Tsou, J. & Vallier, J. "Ether Today, Gone Tomorrow: 21st Century Sound 
Recording Collection in Crisis." Notes 72.3 (2016): 461-483. Project MUSE. Web. 
20 Sep. 2016. <>

Unfortunately, we failed to find a solution, but I’m hoping some of you have 
ideas on how to address this challenge as it relates to video in particular. 


Head, Distributed Media Services
Affiliate Assistant Prof, Ethnomusicology 
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2900

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