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November 12, 2006

The Law Conference Will Be YouTubed

Law conferences often offer a useful means to come quickly up to speed on the hottest issues. Presenters typically provide enough background to make them accessible to a general legal audience. Yet only a few people can ever hope to attend any particular conference--typically because the conference is physically remote from most of its potential audience.

YouTube offers an important means for making law conferences available to a broader audience. Of course, a law school might use its own resources to host such video on its own website, but many law schools have not committed such significant resources for this purpose. Even more importantly, law school videos--even those from the most well-endowed law schools--often have technical issues in playback. YouTube, by contrast, simply works--and on a great array of platforms. Furthermore, YouTube provides both the storage space and bandwith which might prove expensive for a law school to offer on its own.

But here's a technical question for IP lawyers who deal in documentaries: To what extent does one need permission from conference speakers (and potential audience members, who speak also?) to broadcast their statements to the world via the Web? I would think that it is good etiquette to make people aware that their words might be publicized in this way, but is there a legal obligation to seek permission?

Anupam Chander

November 12, 2006 in Technology -- for advancing scholarship | Permalink


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I can't speak to the IP issues, but I wonder if anyone can speak to whether the people putting on the conference would be game for recording and broadcasting sessions.

Posted by: Gene Koo | Nov 12, 2006 8:31:21 PM

I have attended several conferences where I offered to record and post the sessions as podcasts. All of the speakers were happy to give permission.
Link here

CALI partnered with AALS to podcast the 2006 Annual Meeting and some speakers opted out when asked. Link here http://www2.cali.org/index.php?fuseaction=static.aals2006

We have also been recording and posting the Conference for Law School Computing since 1995. Some folks opt out every year - but very few.
Link here.

If any law-related or legal education-related conference wants space to post, CALiI would be happy to provide it (within some limitations, of course). Contact me (jmayer@cali.org) or Elmer Masters (emasters@cali.org) to discuss.

Posted by: John Mayer | Nov 12, 2006 11:36:15 PM

With respect to Gene's question whether folks putting on a conference would be game for recording and broadcasting sessions--I'll follow up in another blog post right now--so as to make the issue more accessible to readers.

Posted by: Anupam Chander | Nov 13, 2006 2:24:51 AM

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