Copyrights Create Web Challenges For Nets

By Brian 

Andrew Tyndall is noticing an interesting trend in evening news coverage of sports and show business coverage: packages that air on TV aren’t being put online, because of copyright restrictions.

“The rights to use sports footage do not transfer from one medium to another so the footage at a correspondent’s disposal to cover a sports story varies medium by medium. The same is true for journalism about show business.”

Since May, ABC has kept nine sports and entertainment stories off the web, and CBS has withheld seven.

“In the absence of a dispensation on the use of copyrighted video footage, we can predict that video journalism of these two beats will decline as television news evolves into a multi-platform medium,” Tyndall writes, citing NBC as an example…