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Can you help --- tell me if there are any specific rules around play a TED video (from YouTube) at a conference?

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2013  |  10 Views
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Hi Paula,

What an interesting video!  At the end of the video, you can see the “Creative Commons” logo which is a really good sign.  The Creative Commons philosophy is to share and allow use of materials by the owners.  The owner of the copyright puts a Creative commons ‘license’ on their work.

Investigating further, TED talks uses Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license for this video.  They specifically have a category about using the video at a conference:

Can I show a TEDTalk at my conference?

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2012 12:50PM EST

Yes, as long as it's within the scope of a non-commercial event, and as long as you comply with the terms of the Creative Commons license outlined above ("What does the TED Creative Commons license allow?". In particular, the talks must be shown unedited, including the TED visuals and if applicable those of the partner conference or TEDx event, and those of the TEDTalks sponsor, as well as the copyright information,. If you wish to use TEDTalks in a commercial context, please contact us with a motivated request for permission.

Here is the link to the license.

Here is the further detail about showing the video: 

What does the TED Creative Commons license allow?

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2012 12:30PM EST

We make TEDTalks available under the Creative Commons license "Attribution - NonCommercial - NonDerivative" in order to allow non-commercial entities (bloggers, educators, groups of friends) to use them freely and easily. But important restrictions apply, particularly for corporations.

TED's Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license allows you to display TEDTalks under the following conditions:

  • Attribution (BY): You must explicitly reference TED as the original source of the materials, and TED's logos within the videos and visuals as well as those of the TEDTalks sponsors remain untouched and unedited.
  • NonCommercial (NC): You can't use TEDTalks (or any parts of them) for commercial purposes. If you are a company wishing to create a TED branded content offering, you will require a Distribution Partner License Agreement with TED. Please contact Deron Triff, Director of Content Distribution, to explore the opportunity.
  • NonDerivative (ND): You cannot alter the videos in any way. This means you cannot edit, remix, cut, shorten, add overlays to them, or, well, alter them in any way.
  • These conditions can be modified only by explicit permission of the copyright holder (TED Conferences LLC). The complete text of the license can be seen on the Creative Commons (CC) license.

I’m going to say you can, but really in order to answer your question, I would need to know what conference, that you are not making money from showing it, that you will not edit the clip.  In order to comply with the terms, I think you may have to show the entire clip since you need to show the TED stuff and the copyright stuff at the end.  That’s my interpretation anyway.

 From the TED website, they make it easy to download the copy.  My suggestion is to download it and not rely on Internet to play this during the conference.  Have a copy on your laptop.

 I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you need further clarification.  Good luck!


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