Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Today, class, we shall look at some YouTube videos, and analyze their compliance - or lack thereof - to established copyright procedure. Shall we begin?

Video #1:

- This person used personal photos that would have no copyright restrictions on them.

- Since this is not an educational resource, none of this material is available under the concept of "fair use."
- According to the Rights and Use page of the official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, no one may post material from lds.org on any other website or network. I don't know if this user got the clips of the talks from the Church website or from a CD or other audio/video version of the material, but no credit was given, and no sources were sited throughout the video presentation.
- The artists are not given credit for their work. It is possible that these works were not adequately aquired.
- No credit is given for the music. It is also possible that the music was not adequately aquired.

How to remedy?
- Contact all sources and ask for permission to use their material. Within video, give credit for all music, art, and video clips.

Video #2:

Correct: Because the user, GeneralConference, is officially associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it has permission to post videos of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as excerpted from programs such as Music & the Spoken Word and General Conference. Therefore this video, although not an educational resource, complies with necessary permission to post this and other similar videos.

Incorrect: I can't think of anything incorrect with this posting. The user even posts a related website, also sponsored by the Church, to find this video and others at a website outside of YouTube.

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