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re: Probably the biggest news from this video is......
Posted by: AlanScott 07:49 pm EDT 08/16/22
In reply to: re: Probably the biggest news from this video is...... - wmorrow 11:22 pm EDT 08/14/22

Hi, wmorrow. I think I have watched four videos at TOFT. The times were in the 1990s and early 2000s. I've never wanted to abuse the privilege. Now that the unenforced restriction has been lifted, I should go and watch some more.

I am pretty sure that I was never asked anything about why I was viewing them by a staffer. I just had to fill out the little form. And I'm pretty sure that the staffers didn't even read what I wrote before seating me. So if staffers were supposed to verbally ask the purpose, they didn't always do it. But perhaps that started later. As mentioned, it has been a long time since I watched a video there.

I wish the restrictions on making the videos more widely available would be lifted, but I suppose that's highly unlikely. Personally, I can't see why, say, a 50-year-rule should not be acceptable. Wouldn't it be great if some of the early TOFT videos could be watchable online? Some people might find some of the earliest ones unwatchable. I can't imagine what harm could be done if people were able to watch the videos of the national tour of Company, the original production of The House of Blue Leaves, and the 1971 Off-Broadway Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Geraldine Fitzgerald, Robert Ryan, Tom Atkins (replacement for Stacy Keach). James Naughton and Paddy Croft. Or, as they turn 50, the videos of the 1974 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Candide shot at the Broadway in September 1975, and the first Broadway production of Equus, although it would probably be good in the last case to make it available only if Peter Firth and Roberta Maxwell agreed.

If they wanted to be more careful, they could ask for the permission of all the surviving actors in a production, writers and their heirs and the rights holders, directors and choreographers. I would think that permission would be given in most cases.

I realize, of course, that no one currently on staff at the library or at any of the unions made the rules. And that the library had to accept what the unions insisted upon.
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