From time to time, I have seen people on various lists discuss the use
of audio and video clips in courseware management systems such as
Blackboard and WebCT. According to what I have read of the DMCA, an
institution has to have in place enough protection to safeguard against
unauthorized access in order for it to house audio or video clips in a
Has any institution dealt with the issue of non-SSL protected servers in
this regard? I am not sure if having a server without SSL protection is
enough to safeguard against unauthorized access. Since a clear text
password can be easily sniffed, is this adequate protection if
unauthorized users could get access to a user's credentials?
The TEACH Act actually makes this even more difficult because it forces
the institution to put a mechanism in place to prohibit access to the
work after the class session and to prohibit the dissemination of the
work to others. In my mind, the best way around this is to use a
streaming server (although theoretically you could capture video at the
My primary concern is the CMS server - that could be the weakest link.
If an institution is storing video or audio on its server, do you have
policies in place to assure it has adequate login security so that the
DMCA is not violated with multimedia clips?
My secondary concern is how institutions might be protecting their
multimedia content, stored in a CMS, from users making copies of it as
is required by the TEACH Act. As far as I am aware, a CMS, being a
webserver, is going to progressively download content to the user's
computer (which is, in reality, making a copy of it on the local user's
Ron Loneker, Jr.
Director of Media Services
College of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
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