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Copyright Threats End UCLA Library’s Online Video System
Friday, February 5, 2010
Michael Weinberg writes in a Public Knowledge blog, "Being able to watch videos on your own time is a great boon to students. There is no practical reason that a student has to be in a certain place at a certain time to watch a video for class. In a world of DVRs, being forced to take two hours in the middle of the day to hike down to the media lab seems like a waste of everyone¹s time. However, because UCLA is skittish about copyright liability, a single threat of suit is enough to shut down the entire Video Furnace system. Even if AIME¹s claim is completely valid, that does not mean that every video on UCLA¹s system is infringing. In fact, considering the discussion above, it is highly likely that most of the videos are not infringing. After all, the original article mentioned film students watching films for their film class."