I've been thinking through Bardfilm's structure, and it occurred to me that it might be wise to state Bardfilm's policy regarding video use and to explain why Bardfilm's use falls under the "fair use" doctrine of United States law as articulated in, for example, Golan v. Gonzales, 501 F.3d 1170 (2007). That ruling provides, in part, a "guarantee of breathing space within the confines of copyright."
Accordingly, Bardfilm's policy follows these strict rules:
- Bardfilm's purpose is educational. I hope to educate my readers by providing commentary and appropriate illustrative material.
- Bardfilm always provides the most complete bibliographic information possible about the material it cites. It attempts to follow the format provided by The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, seventh edition, though the nature of the material cited here means that its form must often be adapted.
- Bardfilm provides, wherever possible, links to places to purchase the material it cites. In this way, it serves something of a promotional purpose for the manufacturers and distributers of the material it cites.
- Bardfilm does not make a profit. A small percentage of sales from the links I provide to books and DVDs on Amazon.com does return in the form of Amazon.com credit; however, those funds are used in their entirety (and their entirety is admittedly quite minuscule) to purchase materials to be reviewed by Bardfilm. Although there are ads on Bardfilm's site (provided by blogger.com), I haven't yet made any money from the ads. When I do, those funds will be used in their entirety to purchase materials to be reviewed by Bardfilm.
- Bardfilm never provides a video in its entirety. Not even "out of print" material is provided in total. This will encourage those who encounter the material to seek out the fuller version from its source.
- Bardfilm does not provide the highest video quality possible. This, too, will encourage readers to seek out higher quality video from its sources.
Thank you very much.
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