[Videolib] VOD & PPR .. bfd

Ciara Healy (cmhealy@waketech.edu)
Tue, 20 Feb 2007 13:13:31 -0500

The "IT" guy on my campus used to copy anything for anyone for any
reason - no questions asked. Probably still does - except when I catch
him or the instructor with the offending article and throw it away. It
is really true what my old friend Immanuel Kant says, "Can doesn't imply
ought." Just because you can digitize all of the media and stream it VOD
doesn't mean that you should. If my IT guy is any example I might see
Charlie Chaplin tramping all over our PR videos and commercials. (Have
any of you seen that disturbing Orville Reddenbacher popcorn commercial
where they have CGId old Orville's image into something approximating
reality - but not nearly? Creepy.)

A lot of IT folks seem excited about the gadgets and delivery and
passwords and no so much about copyright. they seem excited about what
they can do. But the security of the stream and integrity of access is
not the same as copyright law. Maybe there are two different versions of
"safe" here - safe as in password protected ( IT) and safe to digitize
and show (PPR & more).

I'm not jumping on the VOD bandwagon. Yet.

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