Circulating a Canadian film

← Return to forum

  • Our library recently contacted an independent filmmaker in Canada to purchase a documentary for our circulating collection.

    The filmmaker is stating that we need to purchase a library license rather than the home use version that we had ordered. We do not wish to publicly show the film, but simply check it out to our patrons.

    I know that it is an accepted convention that "home use" videos can be checked out by patrons for home usage. Is that specific to the United States?
  • I'm not sure, but this might not be a copyright issue, but more analogous to the practice many publishers have of charging more for institutional/library subscriptions to periodicals. In that case, I think that the higher rate is usually charged for anyone purchasing from an institutional address, or to anyone not eligible for a personal membership, regardless of use.

    I'm not sure of what other countries' standards might be in regards to lending videos, though.

Posting to the forum is only available to users who are logged in.

← Return to forum