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CopyTalk webinar: Section 108 video project

Starting in the late 1970s academic libraries built collections of VHS titles with an emphasis on supporting classroom teaching. On average, academic libraries have more than 3,000 VHS tapes. Cup of coffee with beans.

Eclipsed by robust and rapid adoption of DVDs, the VHS era is now over. But a crisis is welling for libraries. Of the hundreds of thousands of VHS recordings commercially released, a substantial number never were released on DVD or in streaming format. To compound matters, industry experts estimate that various forces converge against VHS (age of tapes, irreparable and irreplaceable equipment, retirement of VHS technicians) ultimately making the format inaccessible by 2027.

Under Section 108 of U.S. Copyright law, libraries have an available remedy to this problem. The law allows duplication of some items if prior to duplication, a reasonable search determined that an unused copy of the title is not available.

This session presents a cooperative database, established to capture the search efforts for current distribution of VHS video titles, and to identify titles eligible for duplication under Section 108.

Our speaker will be deg farrelly, who has been a media librarian for 40 years, the last 25 at Arizona State University. He has played instrumental roles at multiple companies in the development of streaming video collections and licensing, including the first PDA, the first subscription and the first EBA models. Co-investigator of two national studies, The Survey of Academic Library Streaming Video (2013) and Academic Library Streaming Video Revisited (2015), farrelly writes and presents frequently on issues related to streaming video.

Thursday, December 1st at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific for our hour long free webinar. Join us!

Go to and sign in as a guest. You’re in.

This  free webinar program is brought to you by OITP’s copyright education subcommittee. Space is limited, but all CopyTalk webinars are archived.

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Carrie Russell

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  1. […] always find ALA’s CopyTalk webinars to be interesting and enlightening, and last week’s webinar on Section 108 and video did not disappoint. Following are a few of my notes from the webinar, which focused on a Section […]

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