Thursday, April 1, 2010

Streaming Video Online: Think About This First

An article from ©ollectanea Join the Center for Intellectual Property's Scholar, Peter Jaszi, in a discussion of current copyright issues.

"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"

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").

However, it doesn't matter, as suggested in the article, whether the online environment is a "class" and therefore, should qualify for the F2F exception; the TEACH Act amendments to 110(2) have already said that. The key is whether or not the performance or display is "transmitted". That is the difference between 110(1) and 110(2). Otherwise, no one would ever use 110(2) because its requirements are so many and so challenging." Click to read more...