Re: Follow Me Boys
Ben Parker (bparker@INTERACCESS.COM)
Sat, 2 Mar 1996 22:09:13 -0600
On Sat, 2 Mar 1996, Jonathan Dixon wrote:
> A question -- since if I remember correctly, the Supreme Court ruled
> that it was permissible to tape movies off of cable for personal use
You can tape a copy for YOUR use incl members of your immediate family
residing in same household. And very technically, you are only supposed
to watch it yourself ONE TIME. You cannot make tapes for someone else
because that is not for your personal use. You cannot make a copy of
that copy because that implies you are going to distribute it to someone
else for their use and that is prohibited.
> ...it seems to me one of those areas where the copyright law is
> dreadfully lacking)
Not lacking at all. Making copies of copyrighted materials without
permission of the copyright owner is simply prohibited (with a very few
specific exceptions). That goes even for taping records and CD's onto
cassette tape for your own listening pleasure, copying videotapes, even
copying pages out of books or magazines. Technically you are violating
copyright law in doing this. You don't get prosecuted because it is not
possible to track down everyone who does it. Copyright law makes no
mention of whether or not your intent is 'to make money' because the
copying is the point addressed.
By making yourself a videotape copy (many videotapes incorporate a 'copy
guard' system that makes it difficult to copy them) and showing it in
limited circumstances to a scout group, you minimize your exposure that
you have made an illegal copy, and are very unlikely to get caught. But
that doesn't make it legal. The only way to make it legal is to get the
permission of the copyright owner. In the case of a videotape, the owner
would probably request/suggest/offer to sell you a new copy of the video.
Whether or not you choose to do this very common but illegal act is, of
course, up to you.
BSA has given public permission for its copyrighted books, etc to be
copied by scouts and scouters for use in scouting programs and
activities. So this is not illegal, as permission has been given.
Ben Parker .............. (Oak Park IL) ........... firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City