Exploring issues of information ethics and policy from the perspective of Library and Information Studies. Fair use, copyright, remix culture, information access, professional guidelines, library policies and more are on the menu here. Informed by John Stuart Mill, numerous scholarly works and the keen observations of LIS Master's students!
Monday, September 20, 2010
From the headlines: Academic Libraries Add Netflix Subscriptions
According to Steve Swasey, Netflix' vice president of corporate communications, Netflix does not offer institutional subscriptions. All of its media are meant only for personal consumption. Loaning DVD's out for faculty members to project onscreen in class or allowing students to watch streaming video from a library Netflix account is something the company "frowns upon," Mr. Swasey said.
The company knows that its service is being used by librarians, but so far it has not taken legal action to stop them. "We just don't want to be pursuing libraries," Mr. Swasey said. "We appreciate libraries and we value them, but we expect that they follow the terms of agreement."