3 Upcoming Webinars: Copyright Law, YouTube, and Reactive vs. Proactive Accessibility
The prevalence of online video has led to an incredible virtual library of resources on pretty much every topic you could imagine. With this virtual library comes responsibility: because 19% of the US population has a disability, there are many laws that dictate accessibility requirements for video content. The intersection of accessibility law, modern technology, and intellectual property brings up important issues that we will be discussing in upcoming webinars: first, the difficulty of moving from a reactive accessibility policy to a proactive, campus-wide one; second, the legality of captioning video content that you don’t own; and third, the current capabilities and future development of video player accessibility. You can register for any or all three of these webinars by following the links below.
March 19, 2015 at 2pm – 2:45pm ET
Implementing accessibility policies in higher education is no easy task. For many, it is easy to get caught in a cycle of reactive accommodation where larger accessibility policies are never implemented. Korey Singleton, the Assistive Technology Initiative Manager at George Mason University, will walk you through their two-year process of moving from reactive solutions to proactive accessibility policies.
April 2, 2015 at 2pm – 2:45pm ET
One of the great challenges of using videos that you don’t own is that accessibility laws require most educational institutions (as well as government programs and other industries) to provide closed captions for video content. This is where copyright law can interfere. Blake Reid, an Assistant Clinical Professor in Technology Policy and Telecom Law at Colorado Law, will walk you through the conflict between copyright law and captioning law, focusing on the legality of captioning videos that you don’t own.
April 22, 2015 at 2pm – 3pm ET
In this webinar, developers from YouTube/Google, JW Player, Video.js, and University of Washington will come together to discuss video player accessibility. Taking a look at their different players, we will discuss the current capabilities, known shortcomings, and plans for future development. This webinar will provide a forum for major developers to take a top-level look at the future potential of video player accessibility.
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