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Re: Cox's Response to Video Copyright Query
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 16.  Saturaday, 9 January 1993.
From:           Luc Borot <ELI16@FRMOP22.BitNet>
Date:           Saturday, 09 Jan 93 12:17
Subject:        R to John Cox
From Luc Borot <ELI16@FRMOP22>
R. to John Cox on video copyrights
Thanks to John Cox for his opinion. The paper you mention is interesting, but I
would like to respond more realistically, if I may: producers don't see it this
way and such a scholarly journal as OUP's *Theatre Research International* will
not publish the stills if the producers don't permit! For *Cahiers
Elisabethains* the policy is the same, though we sometimes lose good pictures
for want of copyright: the threats these people throw at us are quite often
substantialised by legal pursuit, which would completely drown any academic
I wish they did like publishers: when you or I quote one another in a scholarly
paper, no one requests us to produce copyright, and I do not think there is
much difference between 10 lines from an article and a still or a sequence of 4
or 5 stills from a film. I don't think the scholar, as end-user, should be the
one to take the risk: he or she cannot afford to win --or certainly lose-- a
trial against a major cinema company.
          Thanks for the reference, anyway,

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