Posted By RichC on June 16, 2006
I’ve often been asked if it is acceptable to post audio and video clips on a blog. My answer is a that I believe it is appropriate; the broadcasting industry would probably disagree. I hope they eventually see the benefits from the free advertising and that it does not infringe on their work … I’ve yet to hear them ask small bloggers to stop. I generally post clips that are either news oriented — ‘dated’ clips that are old news after the broadcast — with direct links (free marketing) for the broadcasting network and particular program or post ones that are permitted by the owner. I rarely have posted full broadcasts, but instead include just segments as one would do with ‘written quotes’ while giving credit to the source.
I recently listened to a podcast by a Canadian Internet law specialist, Michael Geist interviewed by Amber MacArthur that backs up my ‘non-lawyer’ opinion. It might clarify my justification for including clips on my blog. You can listen or download the mp3 interview here. (by the way, I’m against Internet piracy, illegal file sharing or profiting from copying video and audio for resale, but not for personal use)