This is my understanding as well. Under Section 108(c) of U.S. Code Title 17, reproduction for replacement is permitted when the existing format is obsolete, which means the equipment is no longer manufactured or available for purchase. The world's last VCR was manufactured in July 2016 .
 - https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/108
 - https://www.forbes.com/sites/brittanyhodak/2016/07/23/rip-vhs-worlds-last-vcr-to-be-made-this-month/
Marijane White, M.S.L.I.S.
Data Librarian, Assistant Professor, and Copyright First Responder
Oregon Health & Science University Library
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On 2019/02/25, 2:03 PM, "Code for Libraries on behalf of Kun Lin" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> wrote:
I believe VHS has been declare obsolete and are allowed to convert to other
format unless you could purchase the content in new format?
I can't find exact source for it. I do know there are libraries converting
the VHS holdings to DVD>
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Thanks for the response. The only information I've been given so far is that
the library only has it on VHS and the faculty member "needs it on DVD" (so
presumably they won't have access to a VCR wherever they're showing it). Our
librarians buy videos from Kanopy, Swank, etc. on the regular, so I'm
guessing the title is so obscure the vendors don't have it - but I'll double
check when I get back to them with recommendations.