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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
"Lou Williams, Systems Group, x7550" <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 4 Apr 91 09:19:00 EST
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Ken Nagelberg <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>     I'd like to know more about what Kinko's was including in their packets.
>If they were reproducing large portions of books that were available for pur-
>chase, then the book publishers certainly have a case.  But if they were
>small selections (less than 10%?)  then it sounds like the publishers are the
>ones guilty of reckless profiteering for making students buy the whole book.
Thank You!  I was beginning to wonder if I was going to have to get on my
soap-box and play a little devils-advocate here.
I'm not qualified to judge whether Kinko's was at fault here.   But let us not
forget that the purpose of the publisher is to market, nay, even exploit the
work of the writer, for personal profit.
>    Just remember, all of this is supposed to be designed to protect the
>"creative process."  It sounds to me like it will eventually destroy it!
One should read some of the original works of Ben Franklin, in his contributions
to our own Constitution, and the establishment of the public library.  I find
it very interesting how these types of cases (Kinkos' vs. the publishers) are
100% contradictory to everything Franklin said and stood for.
But I digress, this is out of place here, isn't it?
So what was the decision regarding use of "sampling"  (to borrow the term from
the music industry) of video/film for non-profit use in the classroom?  Is it
legal if used strictly for non-profit educational purposes?  What about the
loaning (NOT renting) of the same?
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