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DCP Media Link Policy

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This Policy was originally issued on July 13, 2006 and is being copied here as a reminder to all members.

I've been wrestling with this for quite some time ... trying to balance the multitude of copyright issues that exist and the desire of our members to easily share the wide variety of media that is available on the net. However, after having reviewed the most recent document from DCI regarding their policy on photography and video recordings ...... I'm afraid that we're going to have to further restrict the links that we permit on the site.

Effective Immediately: NO LINKS to audio or video recordings, other than those specifically provided for public viewing on the corps' or DCI's website, will be permitted on the Drum Corps Planet and affiliated sites' forums. This restriction is due to the specific restrictions that DCI has published regarding the creation and publication of photos and videos. Given the sheer number of 'amateur' videos floating around out there on the internet, it is extremely difficult to know which are sanctioned/authorized and those that are not. Our only manageable solution is to permit none of them to be displayed - either directly or via links from this site. Re-transmission or transcriptions of materials that are clearly copyrighted are never permitted on or via Drum Corps Planet.

I know that this position will disappoint many - but federal copyright laws make it very clear that sites such as Drum Corps Planet assume some measure of liability for copyright infringement if they know of the infringement and take no action to remove access to the copyrighted material. I simply cannot expose the site and community to that liability. Should DCI change its position on use and distribution of audio and video recordings, I will be VERY happy to re-visit this issue and change our policy accordingly.

The discussion over what constitutes "copyrighted materials" and "fair use" has been going on for many years .... and it won't be solved here, without changes in legislation or case-law. If anything, the law appears to be strengthening in-favor of the copyright owners - which many would argue is a good thing, while a similar number wouldn't. My hope is that some sort of consistency of distribution policy and enforcement will be followed by the copyright owners. That said - I don't see that we have any lee-way in the decision and must respect the letter of the law.

Thank you for your understanding and support in this.

-john

Questions / discussion on this topic will be found in the Customer Service Forum

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UPDATE
In light of the fact that DCI, DCA, and many of their member corps have embraced YouTube as a resource for making video content available to the general public - we are amending our policy regarding links to YouTube videos of drum corps. Effective immediately, links to YouTube.com will be permitted for drum corps content.

DrumCorpsPlanet.com will continue to prohibit links to all other sites in-accordance with our long-standing policy on links to copyrighted materials.

DCI, DCA, and their member corps are solely responsible for ensuring that their content on YouTube is compliant with U.S. Copyright Law and for pursuing the removal of offending content from that site with YouTube's management. DrumCorpsPlanet.com will not host un-authorized content on our servers and with this change, only provides a link to content that is otherwise available to the public on the YouTube site.

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On 2/7/2012 at 5:02 PM, JohnD said:

UPDATE
In light of the fact that DCI, DCA, and many of their member corps have embraced YouTube as a resource for making video content available to the general public - we are amending our policy regarding links to YouTube videos of drum corps. Effective immediately, links to YouTube.com will be permitted for drum corps content.

DrumCorpsPlanet.com will continue to prohibit links to all other sites in-accordance with our long-standing policy on links to copyrighted materials.

DCI, DCA, and their member corps are solely responsible for ensuring that their content on YouTube is compliant with U.S. Copyright Law and for pursuing the removal of offending content from that site with YouTube's management. DrumCorpsPlanet.com will not host un-authorized content on our servers and with this change, only provides a link to content that is otherwise available to the public on the YouTube site.

Reminder - The policy above remains in-effect.  Please read it carefully.

"Links to YouTube.com are permitted for drum corps content" - while links to drum corps content videos on other sites remain prohibited.

Why? Because DCI and many, if not all, of its member corps have established YouTube as a means for distributing video to the public.  If content is posted to YouTube that they believe violate their copyright or other proprietary rights, there is a well-established process to remove that content AT THE SOURCE.  Removing it from DCP and punishing a member for sharing something that is otherwise available to the public seems a little foolish.

If there is content on YouTube that you own and believe violates your copyright, trademark, or is otherwise inappropriate, here is the link to the process for review and removal:  https://www.youtube.com/copyright_complaint_form.

 

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