Red Tape on Videotape: Legal Issues in the Preservation of VHS Collections

Over the last few years, the BLC's Media COI has led a collaborative effort with the Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic to address the avenues open to libraries who, faced with deteriorating VHS collections, are in need of guidance regarding the digitization and preservation of these materials under current copyright law. The outcome of this collaboration is the Red Tape on Videotape: Legal Issues in the Preservation of VHS Collections memo, meant to provide information on the topic, supported by the latest research and court judgements. The BLC would like to thank former and current COI Co-Chairs Debra Mandel (Northeastern University), Laura Jenemann (Boston University), and Joanna Fuchs (Brandeis University) for moving this project forward.

The memo was researched and written by former and current law students Ben Shiroma, Kelly King, Katie Loftus, David F. Shea, and Mayze Teitler, with support and guidance from Cyberlaw Clinic Assistant Director Jessica Fjeld, as well as Kyle Courtney.

 

Read the Red Tape on Videotape Memo