Film followup

As expected, the library copyright giants have stepped in to review the debate at UCLA.  ACRL Insider provided a hook for the Library Copyright Alliance’s tantalizing and detailed analysis of the case.   Having wrestled with some of this before when I researched the copyright merits of Google’s Book Project in its 2006 form, I was happy to find the familiar words and insight from writers like Jonathan Band, a major copyright analysis figure in the library world.  One of the intriguing arguments is the issue of repurposing a movie in the course environment.  For those who’ve studied film, just watching the film is only part of the experience as written assignments, background materials, etc. are also additions to the movie experience.  Therefore, the full-stream experience repurposes the work and makes the activity covered under fair use.  Other interesting arguments are made around the second element of the TEACH Act.  Although the section 110(2) stipulates “limited portions” of a work, Section 110(1) provides access to in-person full movie viewing.  While I see the logic in the argument, I just wonder if the film companies will overcome the letter of the law and allow full-streaming.

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