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Video in the dojo and the law

PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:46 pm
by Van Canna
What laws govern the use of video
equipment in a dojo? Is it legal to video a class or test and how can the
video be used later? What permissions must be given, if any?

If a jerk walks into a dojo and causes trouble, the video cam is running and
he doesn't know it, and damage is done, how can the video be used? Is it
the same as a surveillance video cam? Is it required to post a notice that
the place is covered by surveillance cams?

Does a teacher have to notify his students that he is taping? Can the
students demand a copy, or demand that the tape be erased or destroyed

Can the teacher market such a video (of a test or performance in his dojo)?
Does he have to jump through legal hoops and procure copyrights? Or does
the owner of the dojo automatically own copyrights to all material video'd
in his dojo? Does he have the right to legally restrict use of video filmed
in his dojo by visitors?

Does it matter if you OWN the dojo/property in which the video was made:
("This was filmed on my property, in my own home dojo") or rent/lease ("This
was filmed in my 'Six Flags Mall' dojo during the 90's")?

How many dojo owners / teachers actually video all, most, many, or some
classes or tests? Does s/he have to acquire permission from students or
parents of minors to video karate classes, etc.?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:54 pm
by Rising Star
Hi Van

Great questions and I have answers for you, however, I am heading out the door to my dojo right now. I will sit down when I get home tonight and begin to address them.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:35 am
by Rising Star
Will address this in stages.

My dojo's application has a provision that the students may be photographed or vidiographed. It is is clear that this is going to happen and the student waives all rights to compensation for the images - that the images may be used for marketing purposes - web site, brochures, etc. and also that the student DOES have the right to withhold such images.

Step one.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:38 am
by Rising Star
If anyone were to enter the dojo and act in a way that might lead to criminal liability.... if they are video recorded - oh well. There is no expectation of privacy when you are knowingly committing a criminal act.


my dinner awaits - more commentary to come

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:42 am
by Rising Star
I have had students whose parent (s) were employed in positions of sensitivity. They asked and I agreed that either their images would not be used or alternatively that their images would not be used at all.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:43 am
by Rising Star
I like to use video, especially with my advanced students so that they can "see" what I see.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:46 am
by Rising Star
I do allow parents, etc. to tape without any strings.

Hey, if they are sending out their footage it can only be beneficial.