The original version of this post somehow got hacked and filled with spam links. Sometime after I fixed it, I noticed the post was blank. Not sure if it was my fault or a hack. So, since folks have linked here for reference, here’s the important bits. ISTE initially sent out this recording policy to all presenters:

Full video/audio capture of NECC sessions and activities is strictlyprohibited without express written permission from BOTH: 1.) the session presenter/s, and 2.) ISTE. Those holding official ISTE-issued press credentials may capture footage for media coverage purposes only.

Amateur video/audio capture is permitted of ambient environments,informal exchanges and sessions, and sessions and activities not
organized by ISTE, etc., provided that appropriate permissions have been granted by the parties affected. ISTE assumes no liability for
copyright and/or intellectual property violations that may occur as a result. Amateur video/audio capture is also permitted in NECC sessions
and activities provided that the length of capture does not exceed 10 minutes AND appropriate permissions have been granted by the presenter/s.

Under no circumstances may any length or quality of video/audio capture of NECC sessions be used for marketing, advertising, or commercial purposes without express written permission from BOTH: 1.) the session presenter/s, and 2.) ISTE.

I was somewhat vague in my suggestion that folks might consider being subversive and ignoring it… at least the bit about getting ISTE’s permission. I asked “Just how edupunk are you?” – which was my first use of that term. Then, a day later, following a firestorm in the edublogosphere, ISTE release this revision:

For NECC 2008, ISTE’s permission is not required for non-commercial video and audio recording of sessions and workshops.

However, for NECC 2008, written permission from the session or workshop presenter is required prior to capturing a video or audio recording. Any permitted recording should respect the presenter’s rights and not be disruptive.

Under no circumstances may any length or quality of video/audio capture be used for marketing, advertising, or commercial purposes without express written permission from both the session presenter(s) and ISTE.

Ok, the links and comments should all make sense now. I apologize for the disruption in service. ;)


  1. Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech » Blog Archive » ISTE, What up? Says:

    […] A week from today I head to San Antonio for my first NECC. I’m interested in some sessions but mostly interested in talking and learning with a boat load of people from my network. Knowing that many of these folks are progressive, innovative and deep thinkers makes me wonder why the organization that runs the conference is taking this stance. […]

  2. Caroline O'Bannon Says:

    This is really disturbing! There are many, many people (like me) who cannot go to this conference. I was lucky enough to have it hosted in my state last year, so this wasn’t an issue for me. However, as valuable as I found attending NECC in person, I am truly looking forward to those who choose to stream/record their sessions. In my opinion, the listing of sessions that ISTE officially recorded last year wasn’t impressive. Here’s hoping there are a large number of edupunks out there! I rely on my PLN and opportunities like this for professional learning. Just who owns the rights to the content presented at conferences anyway? The conference organizer or the presenter willing to share it?

  3. Franklin D Says:

    Sounds like they are planning to sell the audio/video of the sessions. I saw something similar a few years ago from a psychology conference and then they made all of the presentations available on a CD for purchase.

  4. Sheryl A. McCoy Says:

    Well, while it is a bit difficult to determine where you stand or don’t stand or might stand, I did get the impression that your level of concern has increased about these rules when I read that you would really like to know where all the other edupunkers stand;D
    Anyway, it is not just the use of audio/video that would be lost, but as some other colleagues have mentioned…the backchannel would be lost. That would be the result of little flexibility to tape in real time;D

  5. Power of a Collective Voice « Final Curve Says:

    […] As a teacher one of my responsiblities is to teach my students to made use of all proper channels available to them. The limited time available prior to the start of the NECC conference stressed an immediacy to those opposed to this policy. As a result, many leaders in educational blogging began to publish postings clearly identifying their opposition to this policy. Example of these are here, here, here, here, here, and here. The previous is just a sample of the blog posting I read within hours of the orginial conversation on Twitter. In additional to the posting many of these bloggers addressed the proper chain of command and made good use of their ISTE memberships and emailed the decision makers within ISTE. I agree with the positions of these and other educational bloggers and intended on send an email and post the email to this blog on Friday. By the time I returned to my laptop and concluding a wrestling camp I was pleasently surprised to find out that ISTE had addressed the issue. As a result of the grassroots efforts, to rehash another election season phrase, ISTE changed the outdated policy. […]