Federal Judge: Streaming video online to students is same as classroom screening

For those following it, it’s the UCLA case. Story here.

“The type of access that students and/or faculty may have, whether overseas or at a coffee shop, does not take the viewing of the DVD out of the educational context,” Marshall wrote in her decision. Because the only rights-holding plaintiff in the case, Ambrose Video Publishing, had licensed UCLA to “publicly perform” its videos in the classroom, streaming it on a secure site was also permissible, the judge said.

It’s hard to say if that language can be construed as a precedent though, because the actual reason the case was thrown out was this:

Instead, Judge Marshall threw out the case because UCLA, as a state institution, benefits from a doctrine called “sovereign immunity”—which means the school can’t be sued in federal court without its consent. 

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