Re: [Videolib] ShareStream

From: Shoaf,Judith P <>
Date: Thu Apr 30 2009 - 08:35:34 PDT

I haven't looked at Sharestream to see just what they are selling, but I'd like to point out that universities also have a lot of video/audio that they might own the right to (or the faculty member does) but that they don't want to have pirated. More and more courses now are delivering lectures on the web or developing distance ed courses. The schools don't want the students to be able to download, copy, share etc. the lectures-just view it as a stream. So there is a legitimate use for a service of this kind.

And in principle if rights holders are developing ways of selling the right to universities to digitize and stream, then those universities would need a service like this to comply with the rights holders' requirements (which would presumably include anti-piracy provisions).

I would say that the rights holders to commercial and documentary films ought to start working with Sharestream to develop a model whereby Sharestream monitors what is being streamed and collects fees from the universities on behalf of the rights holders, based at the very least on the change in format (which would be a one-time fee). At the same time, the rights holders can insist that Sharestream be used to prevent piracy.

Judy Shoaf

From: [] On Behalf Of Dennis Doros
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 10:56 AM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] ShareStream

" Recognizing that universities' distribution of digital media was significantly impeded by
concerns for piracy..." we've created a technology that hasn't been hacked yet and a P.T. Barnum marketing scheme so you can pirate it yourself! Be the first on your block!

Let's face it, Princeton (yes, we can name the school because it was already named a couple weeks ago) is basing their miss-use of media on the fact that no one's sued a college before for this specific infringement (format change) and the odds are low that one actually will AND will get a big judgement out of it.

I swear to god, we'll have another distributor fall this year and there will be more tears shed, and some (and I said some, not even most) institutions will keep justifying their misuse of copyrighted material because it's either "fair use" or "the Teach Act allows us to... we think," or because "it's okay to steal because no one else can steal it from our theft."

Gary (and friends on the listserv), I know you bring this up because you find this a questionable concept. I acquiring a film today that used to be with New Yorker so I'm a little nostalgic, and along with that, I'm just depressed about the public's response to copyright and the internet.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: 201-767-3117
Fax: 201-767-3035
St. Louis 2009<>

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