Educational Video Streaming: A Short Primer

23 02 2011

Arnie Lutzker has taught many times for the Center for Intellectual Property. In the past, he presented at various CIP seminars and conferences. And he contributed a chapter to the CIP Handbook. Arnie is a great copyright teacher and the CIP staff welcomes his wisdom and insight.

Recently, Arnie wrote an article on the dispute between the Association for Information Media and Equipment (AIME) and UCLA. To be fair, Arnie is representing AIME and so this article should be read with an understanding that he is advocating on their behalf. Nevertheless, I think his analysis and observations should substantively contribute to the ongoing discussion of this very important subject of streaming video to classes.

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Library Copyright Alliance Enters the Online Video Discussion

23 02 2011

I meant to post this information when it came out recently but better late than never. For those of you following the conversation on whether or not the law permits educational institutions to stream entire movies or videos within an online course, the Library Copyright Alliance has joined the discussion with an issue brief accessible from this site: http://www.arl.org/news/pr/Streaming-Films-19feb10.shtml

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No Fair Use For E-Reserves Or Online Courses?

23 02 2011

Many of you, like me, have been watching the publishers’ (plaintiffs) lawsuit against Georgia State University (GSU) concerning the amount of copyrighted material posted in the University’s electronic reserves and online course management systems, pursuant to fair use. The burning question for me is how much was too much for the publishers?

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Streaming Video Online: Think About This First

23 02 2011

I’m sure many of you have read last week’s Inside Higher Ed’s interesting, if somewhat confusing, article entitled “Hitting Pause On Class Videos”, http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/01/26/copyright.

In short, the story reports that the Association for Information and Media Equipment (AIME) is alleging that UCLA faculty members are infringing copyright by streaming entire (presumably) videos via their access protected course web sites. As I read the article, it appears as though UCLA is trying to defend this practice under Section 110(1), which only applies to traditional face to face (F2F) classroom settings. It is true that under that section an entire video can be show as long as it is lawfully made (p.s., rented movies are “lawfully made”).

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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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MPAA sues Hotfile for “staggering” copyright infringement

9 02 2011

File locker Hotfile.com has found itself the next target of the Motion Picture Association of America’s war on file sharing. The MPAA announced Tuesday that it had filed a lawsuit against Hotfile on behalf of 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Columbia Pictures, and Warner Bros. accusing the site of direct infringement, facilitating copyright infringement “on a staggering scale,” and raking in the cash while doing it.

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Senator: domain name seizures “alarmingly unprecedented”

2 02 2011

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has 10 tough questions for the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), all of which can be more easily summed up in a single, blunter question: what the hell are you guys doing over there?

Wyden’s displeasure is over ICE’s Operation In Our Sites, the controversial program that began seizing Internet domain names last year, and just grabbed several more sports-related domains this week. The seizures are all signed off on by a federal judge, but the affected parties get no warning and no chance to first challenge the claim that they are running illegal businesses. In fact, in yesterday’s takedown, ICE grabbed the domain Rojadirecta.org, a site that links to live sports on the Web and has twice been declared legal by Spanish courts.

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Where have all the music pirates gone?

2 02 2011

Remember when music was cool? Back in the days of Napster, it was music that defined file-sharing; millions of people raced to listen to the most obscure artists found in the libraries of friends and strangers. . . .

Now, with iTunes ascendant, DRM vanquished, the album disaggregated, and Pandora and Spotify available on smartphones, it’s almost more trouble than it’s worth to share music online unless you happen to be the world’s biggest cheapskate (and/or a college student).

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US Customs begins pre-Super Bowl online mole-whack

1 02 2011

With the Super Bowl less than a week away, US Customs has shut down a new set of Internet domain names for sites that linked to live sports broadcasts on the Web. As usual, the underlying servers were not affected and many sites are already running at new, non-US-controlled addresses.

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Atari’s copyright attack on RapidShare unplugged

6 01 2011

One-click file-hosting service RapidShare has won another in a string of court rulings vindicating its service, which is vilified as a pirate’s haven by many rightsholders.

Today, the company announced that the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany overturned an earlier ruling in favor of video game maker Atari Europe. Atari was concerned about the distribution of its game Alone in the Dark through RapidShare, and it wanted the hosting service to take responsibility for blocking such downloads. A lower Düsseldorf court had sided with Atari, but RapidShare appealed the decision and won.

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