Single copy Back-ups of Video Rentals
- January 3, 2006 @ 8:12pmjenifer483 says:Hi,
I'm looking into instructional video rental. I was told that you can purchase a video, make 1 copy, keep the original in storage and rent the copy. The idea behind this is that you are still only renting the 1 copy that you purchased and the original stays in perfect condition. Is this breaking any copywrite laws?
- January 4, 2006 @ 3:27pmJMiller says:Hi,
Are you a librarian? If so, what you refer to may be the libraries and archives exception found in the copyright law (see:
If you're not a librarian, then it is most likely a violation of copyright law to rent out commercial videos (without an agreement from the copyright holder).
- January 5, 2006 @ 10:46amJMiller says:I think I was mistaken in the second part of my previous answer. It appears that you *can* rent/loan a video that you purchased. It is the making of copies that is prohibited by copyright law. A license agreement that comes with the video(s) my prohibit certain uses as well.
- January 5, 2006 @ 1:10pmCOvalle says:Righto- you can rent the original, I believe, but you can't make copies and rent out the copies.
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