Programs Using Videos: Public Performance Rights


Discussions among professional genealogists got hot and heavy recently when someone involved in planning programs for a local genealogy idea wondered about the appropriateness of playing a recorded lecture delivered at a major regional conference. During the discussion someone mentioned "public performance rights" which is the right to play an audio or video recording of a performance (a lecture, for example). Most audio recordings of genealogy lectures I've encountered are restricted to personal use by the purchaser. But I have come across a publisher of video presentations for genealogists who generously offers public performance rights to purchasers. This means your local genealogical society can use these videos as part of their program offerings. Want to know more?

This morning I spoke to Crystal at 123Genealogy, a video production company based in Hurricane, Utah. She informed me that the VHS and DVD videos in their line of products were sold with public performance rights. Consider some of their offerings in VHS abd DVD

"Heritage Album Tips and Techniques" by Maureen Taylor
"Identifying & Dating Your Family Photographs" by Maureen Taylor
"Preserving Your Family History with Multimedia" Stephen W. Lemmon
"FamilyRoots Organizer" Mary E. Vassel Hill
"Barbara Renick's Guide to Genealogy Information On-line" by Barbara Renick
"On-line Reference Tools for Genealogy" by Barbara Rennick
"Using FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Site" by Stephen Lemmon
"Harnessing the Power of Your PC" by Rhonda McClure
"Windows for Genealogists" by Rhonda McClure
"Personal Ancestral File 5" by Stephen W. lemmon
"Legacy 3.0 Family Tree" by Geoffrey Rasmusson
"The Master Genealogist" by Bob Volke
"Cryptic Clues from the Boneyard" by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
"Publishing Your Family History on the Internet" Richard S. Wilson
"Family History on the Internet" by Alan Mann
"Reading Early American Handwriting" by Kip Sperry

I suspect as these stocks dwindle in VHS formar, m more will appear in DVD like these
"Writing a Compelling Family History"
"The Master Genealogist Advanced" by Bob Velke
"Preserving Your Family History with Multimedia" by Stephen W. Lemmon.

These videos have running times varying from 60 to 90 minutes, and seemed to be priced at about $20 or less plus shipping. videos with public performance rights would start at $350 and go up over a $1000. So you can see, the 123Genealogy series is very economical.

Here's an idea how you might use these videos. Invest in one of these, such as "Cryptic Clues from the Boneyard" and show it at one of your evening meetings. Folllow this up with a tour of a local cemetery to see how the concepts fit your locale.

If after showing the video you have a discussion that includes an evaluation of the video as a teacher, you asked for donation to purchase another one, you'd be able to build a little library in your society of videos you could loan to members to review again at home.

If you follow up the video presentation with some sort of hands-on related activity it would reinforce the presentation of ideas in the video.

For Public Performance Videos you do not need to obtain permission to use, you can proceed without fear of violating the rights of the presenter. These are covered by the "publisher".
As Martha might say, "It's a Good Thing"

What do you think?

Do you know of other videos aimed at the gnealogy market with public performance rights?


3 responses to “Programs Using Videos: Public Performance Rights

  1. Thanks for the tip, Ken.

    We have “Cryptic Clues…” already, I believe, but I’m going to look into getting a few of the others for the B.C. Genealogical Society.

  2. Ken,

    Thank you so much for the info and the excellent list of videos that can legally and ethically be shown to a local group.

    Cheers — Randy

  3. I have shown bits of videos in my intro classes. (The segment of the History Channel video where one of the Baldwin boys finds out he is related to a Revolutionary War vet is priceless…it turns the process into about 10 minutes of research)

    Anyone have reviews/comments on videos? My hestitation is centered on the validity of the material. Videoes about the Internet age rapidly. I have some videos done in the 80’s and the techniques discussed, while correct, were done before the Internet and software solutions for genealogy record keeping.

    I have the Ancestry series, but they are not really informative in a way that can be used in class. I generally suggest them to my students as something they can pursue, if interested. (Our local library carries them.)

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