September 28, 2004


Well, this is my week for general frustration with copyright restrictions. It's bad enough that I'm facing having to eviscerate my book by removing all of the actual quotations of pop songs, but now I can't figure out any way to use a quotation from West Wing in a presentation I'm giving on Sunday morning. I have the DVD, and I can tell you exactly what I'm interested in -- the short segment in the season 2 episode entitled "The Midterms" where the president throws a number of Hebrew Bible quotations at a radio talk show host (a short of "Dr. Schlesinger" character) -- but the church I'm going to does not own a DVD player. How does one grab a scene from a DVD and put it on video tape to comment on? Well, you can't, because simply owning the software that would enable you to do this is a violation of the DMCA. ARGH. Posted by hessma at September 28, 2004 04:23 PM