Re: Videos as activities
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 21:22:10 +0800
>golden cliff wrote:
>> We don't have a "Christmas" Party, but rather a "Holiday" Party.
>> The party consists of pizza, pop, an optional gift exchange, and a movie.
>> This year we will be watching "Independence Day" which narrowly beat out
>> "Mission Impossible" in the voting.
>Just wondering, how do you handle the different ratings for the movies
>in your troop?? The most we would show is a G rated movie if we were to
>show the video at a meeting. This would constitute a "public showing".
>Which would be a good question for the group. How does everyone else
>handle showing videos at meetings or parties?
Just a few comments on showing videos as scouting activities. Several months
ago I got word through my local church leadership (LDS church) that rental
videos should not be used for church youth activities. This is apparently an
official policy and due to the risk of the church being in breach of
copyright laws applying to rental videos that indicate that such videos are
not to be used for public viewing but are for private use only. Now if this
applies to a church, I would think the same would likely apply to scouts.
I know it's a nit-picky distinction; what's the difference between a kid
hiring a video and inviting a few of his mates over to watch it with him and
the same boy as part of an activity with his patrol hiring a video and
watching it with the patrol? Not much, except that the patrol activity is an
organised scout activity and as such is not a "private" affair, but part of
a recognised public organisation. I'm not saying don't ever do it, but this
is perhaps a factor we ought to consider. Perhaps someone knows better if
there is any basis in such concerns or whether scouting video activities
would be okay from a legal copyrigth viewpoint.
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
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