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November 2012, Week 5


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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:54:50 -0600
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A recent court decision affirms the FAIR USE of streaming ENTIRE movies to
students enrolled in classes. This has major ramifications for any class
that wants to make videos available to students online.

Here's an excerpt from The Chronicle story about it:

November 26, 2012

Judge Throws Out Copyright Lawsuit Over UCLA's Streaming of Videos to
By Charles Huckabee

A federal judge in California has for the second time thrown out a lawsuit
that accused the University of California at Los Angeles of violating
copyright law by streaming videos online.

Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles had
previously dismissed the lawsuit in October 2011, but she allowed the
plaintiffs, Ambrose Video Publishing Inc. and the Association for
Information Media and Equipment, a trade group, to file a second amended
complaint. In a ruling issued last Tuesday, she rejected the second amended

The plaintiffs contended that UCLA had acted illegally in copying DVD's of
Shakespeare plays acquired from Ambrose and streaming them online for
faculty and students to use in courses. UCLA argued that streaming the
videos was permissible under the fair-use principle, which can allow
reproductions for teaching, and the Teach Act, which allows limited use of
copyrighted materials for online education.


[UCLA's] lawyer, R. James Slaughter of Keker & Van Nest LLP, told the news
service Law360 that the ruling "confirms what UCLA has long believed: that
streaming previously purchased video content over its intranet for
educational purposes is not a copyright violation or a violation of any

Jeremy Butler

Professor - TCF Dept. - U Alabama

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