Hi Mike:

I think yours is a widely held belief but I'm not sure it's 100% accurate and might be overly 
conservative to the detriment of libraries and library patrons. See:

Specifically, under "Library Reproduction Rights":
Section 108(c): permits reproductions of published works for replacing a damaged, deteriorated, 
lost, or stolen copy, but only if "an unused replacement cannot be obtained at a fair price."

This was the text I couldn't find this AM when I posed my original question.

My point is that MANY CD's and some DVD's are now out of print and thus "an unused replacement 
cannot be obtained at a fair price."

Now, this document is dated 2004. Has the law changed since then?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 7:44 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Libraries, circulation copies and fair use

> Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
>> I don't see why not.
>>                               Roger
> My understanding - non-professional - is that it is illegal for the library or any other owner of 
> a commercial DVD-Video to make a copy of it. That applies whether the issue is in print or not. If 
> making a copy is deemed theft, then having the disc would put the library and any borrower in 
> possession of stolen property.
> That would seem to make it impossible to circulate a copy legally.
> Mike
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