Hi Randye -
In our library, like UC Boulder, we've relied on the ARL code for best
practices to migrate at risk VHS where 108 didn't apply because of the
requirement for a format to be obsolete.
Now that VHS players will no longer be manufactured, it does seem to mean
that they will meet the requirements of an obsolete format to take explicit
advantage of sec 108 exemptions.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the copyright office NOI on
108 that is currently in process. I'll be looking forward to seeing how
ARSC's meeting goes - there should be an update on MLA's meeting with the
office available soon.
College of William & Mary
On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:36 AM, Jones, Randye <[log in to unmask]>
> A colleague sent me this article:
> Last Known VCR Maker Stops Production, 40 Years after VHS Format Launch
> along with a question about whether this opens up the legitimate copying
> of VHS not available on other formats.
> He raised a question that's been debated on various discussion lists. I
> suspect that some will attempt to preserve those VHS recordings unavailable
> on other formats, just as they have been preserving LP and other audio
> (Personally, I feel the same way as those who appreciate VHS releases when
> I listen to some analog audio recordings that have been digitized or watch
> most films that have been colorized, especially film noire.)
> Our library have been intentionally replacing VHS recordings with DVD for
> at least the past three years, but this will not address those recordings
> that aren't available in a digital format. Considering the quantity of VHS
> still in our collections, keeping working players in-house is going to
> become an even more challenging, but necessary, effort.
> How are you addressing this, both from a copyright standpoint and an
> access to equipment issue?
> Sorry for a weighty question on a Friday, but my hanks for your comments.
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