Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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aime, ucla

UCLA Decides To Put Course Videos Back Online; Countdown To Lawsuit Begins...

from the 3...-2...-1.... dept

Last month, we wrote about how the Association for Information Media and Equipment (AIME) had threatened UCLA with copyright violations for allowing professors to post videos online for students to view. This resulted in UCLA pulling down those videos -- even though the university said it believed it had a very strong fair use case. Since pulling down the videos, the two sides have been talking. However, even without an agreement, UCLA has decided to put the videos back online for the next quarter. Given this, I'm guessing that it won't be long before AIME files a lawsuit, so we might get an interesting case over fair use in educational settings...

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jan 2013 @ 10:42am

    Here are the true facts of how UCLA makes these materials available:

    *UCLA has purchased legal copies of the media. At the request of an instructor, UCLA digitized the media and makes it available, via a video stream, to students enrolled in that instructors' course. The students must authenticate their identity via their unique student ID number. The authentication algorithm checks against the Registrar's records for enrollment for that class for that term. If the student is not enrolled in the class, they are denied access. The system used also creates a "dummy" link to the stream to prevent a student from sending the link to a friend. If they don't authenticate, they don't gain access to the stream.

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