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Denver Library Offers Movie Downloads

21 Mar, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The Denver Public Library March 21 became the first library nationally to offer free copy-protected movie and TV downloads.

Registered users at Denverlibrary.org can download to a PC or portable media device from a variety of genres, including music, classics and feature films, religion and spirituality, nature, children's and teen.

Initial feature films include Federico Fellini's 8 1/2; Bruce Brown's Endless Summer; Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief; and such silent fare as D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation and Robert Wiene's Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Music selections include hip-hop fare such as Lyrist Lounge Presents: Hip Hop Video Classics; MC: Why We Do It (QD3); and Tupac: Thug Angel — The Life of an Outlaw (QD3).

Developed by Cleveland-based OverDrive Inc., the software automatically voids downloaded movies and electronic books after the lending period is over.

OverDrive is in discussions with Egami Media, the digital distribution arm of Image Entertainment, and A&E Home Video to distribute a variety of movies and fare from The History Channel, such as “Biography,” “America's Castles,” “Modern Travels,” “Mysteries of the Bible,” “The Real West” and the Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back.

“Downloadable video gives our patrons 24/7 online access to exceptional films and allows [us] to have this type of format without the space, handling, and damage issued normally associated with DVDs and tapes,” said Michelle Jeske, manager of web information services for Denver Public Library.

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