LAST EDITED ON 04-06-02 AT 04:03 PM (GMT)
With the strong opinions expressed over the matter of copyright of ballet performances I think it is appropriate to start a debate on issue of swapping vieeos etc.
Copying of anything off TV for distribution to other people is certainly in breach of copy right -esp if it off a subscription channel, one should read their Sky contract. Moreover the people who have the rights to the ballet are being deprived of income and that is not right.
However I think it is morally acceptable to give a copy of a video to those who do not have REASONABLE access to the program by other means. In this case there is no deprivation of income because it is not possible to see the program much less pay for it.
The most important word in all this is "reasonable" Anything can be obtain for the right money - but sometimes the price would be so high and out of preportion to the value of the product obtained. (ie a video of the unreleased Royal ballet La Bayedere would cost thousands to obtain legally because copyright lawyers need to be consulted and the master tape retreived for copying. That would not be reasonable in my view!)
If the video is available in the shops in VHS and DVD format then under no circumstance should one offer to make a copy of the video. He can buy the video from the shop. (At least one person on this web site has asked for a copy of ballet video available in the shop)
I consider programes on Sky TV to fall within the definition of "reasonable". Under normal circumstances one should not offer a video of a ballet which is being broadcast on Sky TV (ie Artsworld).
However exception should be made for students (esp those who live in halls of residence) and those who have cable - it is unreasonable to expect a cable subscriber to also have Sky satelite as there is considerable duplication of channels.
But I am not sympathetic to those who refuse to subscribe to SKY, argueing it is all trash etc or because it is Murdoch. It is a good product at a reasonable price. And principles have no value if there is no sacrifice! I should also point out that Artsworld are an independant company from Sky. They should not have to suffer because they have to rely on Murdoch's Sky TV to broadcast their signal.
Other people who do not have reasonable access are people living abroad and those who are not able to have Sky or cable installed. I have given many videos to friends in America!