osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

link Harvest: How Copyright Screws Up Educational Video Use

From UCLA, this story of how a claim to infringement has shut down UCLA's ability to do distance learning.

Facts: UCLA leases instructional videos for its courses. For the last several years, UCLA professors have made these available to students, and students only, via a tool called "Video Furnace." A producer of educational films, Instructional Media Collections, now claims that allowing students to view the films via streaming, as opposed to in class or individually in the media library, is not covered under the licensing agreement. They have therefore invoked the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to shut down all use by UCLA of Video Furnace pending resolution of the infringement claim.

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