YouTube, Copyright, and Higher Education: Lessons from Viacom?

23 02 2011

If you are reading blogs, it is safe to assume that you know what YouTube is. If you are reading this blog, it is probably also safe to assume that you are aware that there are significant copyright issues related to materials uploaded and available on the YouTube site. If you are working at a college or university, you are also undoubtedly aware that YouTube videos are frequently used by faculty in both F2F teaching and in online courses. The YouTube videos used range the gamut from amateur home videos to clips from commercial films to remixes of various media. The underlying copyright question is always the same: Can these videos be used in courses by faculty without infringing copyright?


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