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Melora Norman <[log in to unmask]>
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Melora Norman <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:56:03 -0400
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I am not a lawyer, but would think that an individual making choices in
front of a TV doesn't constitute a group viewing that would require a

There are several nice resources here:

I have heard it suggested several times that our actions can narrow
everyone's fair use rights.  As fair use advocate and professor Peter Jaszi
has suggested in conference sessions, fair use is like a muscle: if we
don't use it, we lose it.  So if we defend fair use in our libraries, we
are also protecting it for our patrons.  If we apply a restrictive
interpretation, that can strengthen others' ability to further limit fair
use rights.

There is a nice section on fair use with an online evaluator here:

Hope that helps,


On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 10:22 AM, Janet Wilson <[log in to unmask]
> wrote:

> Do you think that a movie license is necessary if individual kids are just
> watching a movie on their own? To me, it is not the same thing as the
> library sponsoring a movie night.
> Janet Wilson, Director
> Rangeley Public Library
> Quoting "Sally J. Bannen" <[log in to unmask]>:
> Our library has a TV in our Teen area-which is within sight of the
>> circulation desk-that has a Wii hooked up to it. We have had success with
>> kids asking for Wii remotes and discs at the desk whenever they want to
>> play, with very little staff-monitoring needed.
>> We would like to do something similar with movies and have purchased a
>> DVD player which we intend to hook up just as we have the Wii. We already
>> have a movie license. However, we are trying to figure how to assure (as
>> best we can without keeping an eye on that area all the time) that the kids
>> are using license-approved movies. Since the DVD player can run with
>> without the remote, there isn't actually anything to stop them from popping
>> in any movie they wish. As we all know, putting a sign up to say what needs
>> to be done doesn't always work.
>> If anyone has successfully done something along this line, we would be
>> glad to hear your advice.
>> Thanks,
>> Sally
>> Sally Bannen
>> Technical Services Librarian
>> Windham Public Library
>> 217 Windham Center Road
>> Windham ME 04062
>> (207) 892-1908
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