Re: video streaming and copyright

Jessica (
Thu, 30 Nov 2000 09:38:00 -0800 (PST)

I have yet to receive a specific request for streaming one of our films but
as with campus cable broadcast I think this is basically IMPOSSIBLE for
FEATURE FILM MATERIAL. No Studio would ever grant such a right at this point
and I doubt they ever will. Also in the case of Feature films it is not
always obvious who owns these rights as it is often NOT the same as the
company that releases it on DVD or Video. This brings me to a pet peeve.
I often get RIDICULOUS forms with a video order that ask me to grant the
buyer the right to duplicate a "backup" copy and broadcast the title for
"campus" use. In some really insane cases this information is PUT on the P.O
order as if by fulfilling the order I would be granted such rights.
Basically these forms are not worth the paper they are written on. In order
to obtain these kind of rights you would have to MAKE SURE the company you
are dealing with ACTUALLY owns them and they EXPLICITLY grant them to you.

As a practical matter you simply would never be able to obtain this kind
of permission for FEATURE films so this basically means that they are off
the table as far as streaming is concerned. Educational films are of course
different but I suspect that some of the same problems may arise. In short
don't throw away any of your tape & DVD players as they will be the standard
way of seeing films for the foreseeable future

Jessica Rosner

> From: "Mary Lou Neighbour" <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 09:10:35 -0800 (PST)
> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> Subject: Re: video streaming and copyright
> We, in the AV Library at Montgomery County Community College, are new members
> to this list. We have been following the recent thread re. video streaming
> with great interest. These concerns have arisen on our campus, also, and we
> have a question on permissions.
> We have a new intranet broadcast system called IPTV for which we, in AV, have
> maintained that permission from the video rights holder is necessary, as a
> derivative digital copy is made for transmission on demand. Our insistance on
> permission has been vindicated on this list! We have asked that the faculty
> member involved write for that permission. Only a couple of faculty have
> chosen to use IPTV so far.
> Because of our position on permissions, the head of Information Technology
> has insisted just this week that we, in AV, write in advance for permission
> for every single video in our collection - nearly 4,000 titles - so that we
> will be prepared in case faculty want to put a video up on IPTV! And now, our
> Academic Dean has decreed that the AV Library will be responsible for
> negotiating permissions as they arise.
> We solicit from the list your reactions to or experiences with having the
> library rather than the faculty request permissions. The few copyright
> permissions we have sought in other matters have been incredibly
> time-consuming, with numerous phone calls, emails and faxes back and forth.
> We have a very small staff who are already overburdened. We believe that it
> should be the responsibility of the faculty, who knows how they will use the
> videos, to obtain the permission. Your opinions, experiences?