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The SEC Builds a Video Site, Massively Restricts Highlight Video Rights for Everyone Else

The verbiage of the article is a bit thick so it's not easy to parse through everything, but the SEC is clamping down majorly on the usage of video from games. The conference is launching something called the SEC Digital Network, which will be a section of the league's website containing highlights and full game videos. Apparently some videos will be free (likely the highlights, I would think) and some will cost money (likely the full games, I would think). As a result, websites cannot post highlight videos and TV stations can only show highlights as a part of a newscast within 72 hours of a game's completion. The exceptions are the universities and anyone who has the rights to broadcast games (ESPN, CBS, etc.). I'll be interested to see what the SEC Digital Network ends up being, whether a nice, user friendly experience like Hulu or a clunky, unintuitive mess like Fox Sports' online video. What I'll also be watching for is if having a centrally-run video repository will cause the SEC to start sending out takedown requests to YouTube and similar video sites. I won't miss the crappily-edited highlight reels with terrible rap or Linkin Park in the background, but important clips of old games are a great resource.

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