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March 1995, Week 4


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"W. Mark Ritchie" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 22 Mar 1995 15:28:57 CST
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On Tue, 21 Mar 1995, Bert Deivert wrote:
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> >Bjorn Aas said:
> >
> >Then we can buy tapes and disks from all over the world and use them for
> >educational purposes. What we still cannot do is arrange public viewing and
> >charge the audience for the show.
> >
> This may be the case in Norway, but it is VERY ILLEGAL in Sweden. We are
> not allowed to show any film in its entirety for our students, unless it is
> in the public domain. Even if we have bought the tape or laserdisk it is a
> breach of the copyright law to do this without obtaining permission through
> the copyright organisation here (for a large fee, I might add). There is
> one outlet that rents a limited number of so called INSTITUTIONAL VIDEOS,
> but the price is about 50 dollars a shot to show them, and there is very
> little selection. There is NO DIFFERENCE between these videos and the ones
> you rent in the local video store. It is just that you are going through
> the proper source.
 The situation is the same here in Canada, there are no educational use
exemptions in the copyright laws.  If you want to show a film or
videotape or videodisk to a class or seminar group you must purchase a
public performance licence.  It currently averages about $CDN 75 per
screening for a one-time use and about $CDN 300 for a 5 year licence for
videotape and videodisks.  Film rentals are running between $CDN 150 and
$CDN 300 per screening depending on the age, popularity, time of year,
etc., etc.
With declining budgets due to government cutbacks (there are no private
universities in the Province of Ontario) it is having a major impact on
what and how much we can show.
W. Mark Ritchie
Media Library
Audio Visual Centre
University of Waterloo         Internet:  [log in to unmask]
200 University Ave West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada      "I was just out of college and still believed
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