Okay people, here is one to tax your brain (or maybe not)
We are looking at binning the VCR and DVD player, and replacing them with a few terrastores (1TB storage boxes from Buffalo for anybody who did not know) and then putting all our Video and DVD content onto them.
We have tested it and it all works fine, had 40 clients streaming videos with no sound or video issues on a busy morning session, so that side is sorted. Got the media player / DVD type box that goes with it appearing next week to trial that as well for areas without PCs but TVs instead.
But, and here it is. what are the legalities of it?
I need to research them to find out before we can roll it out. The way we have set it up for a trial (before we comitt to spending £1000's on hardware, storage etc....) is a TV card on a PC, VCR connected to that, tune the TV card to the VCR and then record what comes from the VCR, then throw that onto the terrastore. We have also recorded the Shakespear re-told off BBC when they were on and put them on it.
Now I assume that as we have an ERA licence for TV recordings that we are legally covered to put them onto it, but what about our aging VHS collections which was the major aim of this setup to get shut of them and the huge cost of VCRs that we spend every year replacing aging one that chew more tapes than they play.
Has anyone done this yet and know the legal obligations?
If so I would be very keen to here from them as we want to get rolling as a few departements are keen to trial this out with us but we don't want to get going outside the IT Teaching area until we know the legal side of things.