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Thursday, 25 February 2010 15:47

Watch Lawrence Lessig on copyright, fair use etc: live on video

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Video streaming software company Flumotion and the Open Video Alliance will stream live on the net a speech on copyright, fair use, politics and online video being delivered on Friday morning (Australian Eastern time) by Lawrence Lessig at the Harvard Law School.

Flumotion says Lessig's talk will be the first event of its kind to be broadcast using only open technology and open standards. The event will be broadcast with the 100 percent free and open Theora codec into an HTML5 video element.

Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School and a founding member of Creative Commons. He serves on the board of directors of the Software Freedom Law Center and is best known as a proponent of reducing legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications.

According to a posting on the Creative Commons blog, "This is a talk about copyright in a digital age, and the role (and importance) of a doctrine like 'fair use'. Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video."

According to Flumotion, "Lessig will explore when unauthorised use of copyrighted material is not only fair, but essential for the functioning of free societies."

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Thomas Vander Stichele, CTO of Flumotion, said: "This event brings three 'open use' philosophies together - using open source technology to stream in an open format while promoting the idea of open media. The combination of these 'open philosophies' results in more transparency and innovation, creating new opportunities for education, communications and culture."

The webcast will be available live from 6.00pm to 7.30pm US Eastern time on 25 February (10.00am to 11.30am Friday 26th AEDT) and archived for later viewing at http://openvideoalliance.org/event/lessig/. Flumotion says it is best viewed using the latest version of Firefox.

Lessig's lecture will be followed by an interactive Q&A session. Viewers of the live webcast will be able to participate and ask questions via their Twitter profiles.

Flumotion started in 2006 as a Free Software project, combining an open source software package on top of GStreamer, the de facto multimedia framework on Linux. It claims that "Thanks to its flexible and distributed design and its choice of Python as the high-level language for development, it is now the world's easiest and most powerful streaming software and platform for open formats."

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