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And, besides, its much more fun to blame those Canadian distributors who
occasionally have the nerve to mess up the American marketplace, isn't it,
Jessica?
 
 
Evan William Cameron                            Telephone: 416-736-5149
York University - CFT 216 (Film)                Fax:       416-736-5710
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North York, Ontario
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On Wed, 2 Oct 1996, Jonathan Miller wrote:
 
> Dear Jessica,
>
> You comments struck me as puzzling and worthy of a little discussion...
>
> What is wrong with a legitimate PAL copy, besides the fact that the
> quality is better than NTSC (and the equipment to play PAL tapes on is
> not much more expensive than NTSC)?
>
> And how can you as a distributor responsible, I assume, for looking
> after the interests and rights of producers whose films you distribute,
> not make a judgement about "bootleged" - illegal, pirated - copies of
> important films? Are you saying that maybe its ok to pirate a tape of a
> European film, unless Kino (or another American company?) is
> distributing it?
>
> There are plenty of companies in England and other countries (HMV, for
> instance), who will sell legitimate copies of almost any film (including
> those under discussion here)to anyone with a credit card.
>
> IF someone wants the Dekalog, they can buy it (in a nice boxed set, for
> about $20 or so per tape). Shouldn't you be recommending that people do
> that, and respect the rights of the producer, the filmmakers (and their
> estates), and the distributors (like Kino) who have legitamtely aquired
> distribution rights to particular films, and invested in their
> promotion, marketing, and distribution?
>
> Jonathan Miller
> First Run / Icarus Films
> 153 Waverly Place
> NYC 10014
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>
> Kino International Corporation wrote:
> >
> > Re - Kieslowski and video. As I noted in my last message the LEGAL rights
> > to Dekalog are still being bid on. Any copies distributed by Pol art would
> > be bootlegs off of the European PAL copies. I am not making any judgements
> > on this,because unfortunately bootlegs or legit PAL copies are all that
> > exist for now
> >
> > Jessica Rosner
> > Kino
> >
> > Kino International Corporation
> > 333 W. 39th St. Suite 503
> > New York, NY 10018
> > (212)629-6880
> > fax: (212)714-0871
> >
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