Fwd: Re: copyright and closed captioning

Lisa Livingston (lmlivingston@facstaff.wisc.edu)
Thu, 25 Jan 2001 17:24:32 -0800 (PST)

Ooops...I'll try again,

This issue recently came up at here (Univ. of Wisc-Madison), too. I contacted
colleagues - attorneys at the Motion Picture Assn of America and AOL Time
and was told that while there may be a technical legal argument that the
captioning results in a derivative work and therefore violates the copyright
owner's exclusive rights, they were unaware of any complaints from copyright
holders. They thought anyone would be pretty safe in adding closed captioning
to a lawfully acquired work - particularily if the captioning were done in a
manner as not to detract from the quality of the movie/video.


>This issue recently came up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I
>contacted two
>colleagues - attorney's at the Motion Picture Assn of America and AOL
>Time Warner
>and was told
>>Our Coordinator of Learning Disabilities Services is asking for a list of
>>all videos in our collection which are not closed captioned. She wants
>>to put closed captioning on all our videos that are not already closed
>>captioned. When questioned about copyright issues, she said that current
>>legislation apparently renders copyright matters null and void on this
>>point. I want to see this in print first. Does anyone know anything
>>about this issue?
>>Thanks for help.
>>Jan O'Neill
>>Media Librarian
>>Tidewater Community College
>>Thomas W. Moss Campus
>>300 Granby Street
>>Norfolk, VA 23510
Lisa Livingston
Director, Instructional Media Development Center
University of Wisconsin/School of Education
142 Education Science Building
1025 W. Johnson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
V: 608.262.3431 F:608.262.6447
livingston@education.wisc.edu or