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Home cassettes in the firehouse may carry a hidden price

Issue 3 and Volume 141.

Home cassettes in the firehouse may carry a hidden price Enjoying “Rocky” via the fire station’s videocassette recorder? Better get a license first, says one company affiliated with the motion picture industry. The Motion Picture Licensing Corp. of Stamford, Conn., claims the U.S. Copyright Law considers the showing of home videocassettes outside of the home to be a public performance. A license essentially secures permission from the movie studios to give such performances. Some licensing companies work on a title-by-title basis; the Motion Picture Licensing Corp. offers a blanket license that covers films from several major studios. Harald Bauer, a consultant for the Connecticut company, says the price of a license varies with the department and is based on the number of people expected to view home videos. A ballpark figure, he says, would be less than $5 per year for each firefighter. An International Association of Fire Chiefs spokesman…

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