Hi Bob,

I think this might bring us back to 110(1)! If it's not clear whether a
classroom screening is "personal" or "public," perhaps it could be either
depending on the circumstances? I strongly suspect that your professor who
invites the entire campus to a screening isn't complying with the
requirement in 110(1) that the screening must be "in the course of
face-to-face teaching activities," which would mean that even if this
license is written vaguely enough that such activity is allowable under the
terms of the contract, it would still constitute a copyright violation.

In summary: as numerous people have pointed out, if you sign a contract,
you must comply with the terms of that contract. In this case, the question
is whether or not the license we've been discussing excludes a behavior
(screening the film to a class) that otherwise would be allowed under
110(1). There's enough ambiguity here that I personally would feel
comfortable concluding that it doesn't. You have concluded otherwise, which
is fine: I don't see any reason why we can't agree to disagree!

License writers take heed: perhaps you should consider wording more exact
than "personal uses only" when telling people what they are and are not
permitted to do!

Andy

On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 2:36 PM, Bob Norris <b...@filmideas.com> wrote:

> Andy,
> I agree the location does not matter. It could be in a classroom, office
> or a box with green eggs and ham. To me the issue is personal vs. public.
> Giving my age away, way back when it was simple. The personal or consumer
> home video license was for viewing in your dwelling by yourself and your
> invitees. That is the only place you could technically play back video. Now
> you can watch video anywhere so the personal use description has to be
> expanded to say for example an airport lounge. But that doesn't mean
> everyone in the lounge can watch it, only those personal to you.
>
> Clearly a personal rights license intends to restrict usage as you say.
> But the simple act of limiting usage does not make it personal. With your
> logic a professor could invite the whole campus to view a program. The
> general public would be excluded. But how is that personal? I believe Swank
> lawyers would come knocking if you tried that with their movies. You still
> have to look at the nature of the viewers and I maintain students are not
> personal as noted before.
>
> Regards,
> Bob
>
> On Oct 17, 2016, at 8:56 AM, videolib-requ...@lists.berkeley.edu wrote:
>
>
>
> *From: *Andrew Horbal <ahor...@umd.edu>
> *Date: *October 17, 2016 8:56:33 AM CDT
> *To: *videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
> *Subject: **Re: [Videolib] Amazon Prime*
> *Reply-To: *videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
>
>
> I think it's relevant that the license states that it's okay to screen the
> film in a location such as a "hotel room, dorm room, office, or airport
> waiting lounge" provided that the screening "is limited to a private
> viewing for you and your invitees" (note that the license says "invitees,"
> not "friends'). It seems probable to me that the intent is simply to
> restrict the number of people who are able to see the film to the licensee
> and people chosen to see it by the licensee (as opposed to the general
> "public"), and that if this condition is met, the location of the screening
> isn't important.
>
> I don't think there's any question that according to this license, the
> professor could invite a group of students to their office to watch the
> film. Continuing along this path, I submit the following:
>
> 1. There's no functional difference between the professor inviting the
> students to their office to watch the film and inviting them to their
> regular classroom, provided only the invited students are able to see the
> film (i.e. the door is closed, and people who aren't in the class aren't
> admitted).
> 2. There's no logical reason why the screening described in (1) couldn't
> take place during the class's regularly-schedule meeting time.
> 3. Assuming the screenings described above in (1) and (2) are allowable,
> it would be silly to require the professor to jump through the hoop of
> actually issuing "invitations" to their students, provided, again, that
> just the students in the class are able to see the film.
>
> In all of these cases, the same number of people see the film is
> identical. This is why it seems to me that a classroom screening is more
> similar to a "private viewing for you and your invitees" than a "public
> presentation."
>
> Andy
>
> On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 9:10 AM, Bob Norris <b...@filmideas.com> wrote:
>
>> Well, using the I'm not a lawyer just thinking logically approach, a
>> professor and the students seems more similar to a public performance than
>> a private viewing. Profs may have an affinity for their students but the
>> students are not the prof's friends. It is rare that a prof would invite
>> students into their home or hotel room, hopefully. However, when you have a
>> public performance it is often people with something in common that have an
>> affinity for one another but are not friends. It is not "Personal," which
>> is the only right Amazon is granting.
>>
>> My 2 cents,
>> Bob
>>
>>
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