We have a significant amount of streaming media files on our WebCT
server, and even more on our separate, video streaming server.
Access to the links containing video streaming files in WebCT (and the
controls to play the media with the proper controls, e.g. stop, play,
fast forward, etc.) are embedded in WebCT behind a required login, and
this is where we put our copyrighted information. Access behind the
WebCT login page is all https, and we believe that is secure.
We do not provide the same level of protection for the files on our
video streaming server, and therefore do not house copyrighted material
on that server.
we believe this is sufficient protection as pertaining to DMCA and TEACH.
Ronald A. Loneker, Jr. wrote:
> Everyone -
>>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
> user's end.
> 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
> Mahoney Library
> 2 Convent Road
> Morristown, NJ 07960
> Phone: 973-290-4255
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Patrick J. Burns
Associate VP for Information and Instructional Technology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
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