How To Get Legal Copies of Eyes on the Prize
The answer (for the moment!) is "wait until October and then record it off of PBS" for those of you in the U.S. or within range of our broadcasting. The air dates for Eyes I will be, I am told, October 2nd, 9th and 16th. This is the slightly edited version, which has had some footage redacted for which rights could not be cleared. I do not know which, nor how much; nor have I seen it. I'm just reporting on what I've been told. However, this is to address the point which the Copyfight crew kept harping on during the (now long ago) fight re: copying Eyes - the 'it is no longer available' fight. Well, now it will
be legally available to you - simply record it off the air onto your favorite media for later use. I'm not going to make any statements about the legalities of said use, both from policy and from ignorance; however, I will say that as far as I am concerned (and only in my opinion, since I am in no way a legal party to this entire affair) recording a PBS broadcast to DVD or your hard drive for infinite rewatches seems, to me, to be a perfectly legitimate use of content.
Since this is an official PBS release, there may eventually be a (new) PBS Home Video release available. I don't know either way - I don't know if the rights were cleared for home video distribution or just for broadcast. If I get more information, I'll certainly post it here.
Posted by jbz at July 24, 2006 4:17 PM