Re: Videos as activities
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Sun, 15 Dec 1996 13:23:38 -0500
On Thu, 12 Dec 1996, Grant O'Neil wrote:
> 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.
There was at least one court ruling in a lawsuit against BSA about
membership policies that stated that BSA is a private organization.
I don't know if being a private organization makes any difference in the
video rental legalities, but there are a lot of private clubs locally that
seem to be little different from local bars, but with the designation of
private club they are able to exclude certain people. Showing a video in
that type of club strikes me as being exactly the kind of thing the
copyright laws are intended to prevent, so I doubt that the public/private
distinction matters much.
If you really want to show videos at your meeting, how about one of the
BSA videos? Are there a few that your troop might enjoy?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City