Recording audio and video from an online delivered course

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Can Camtasia record the audio and the video from a course that's being delivered online. Essentially I'm trying to capture part of a course so it can be replayed later.
I think Camtasia can do the video part, but I'm unsure about the audio part. I'm not sure how it is being delivered.
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Richard Campbell, Champion

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Do you own the copyright to the course???
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Fair question. We don't.

The challenge is the fellow taking the course is going to miss part of it, and we want him to be able to view the portion he missed at a later point. The course provider isn't being very helpful either, so we are looking for a plan B.
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Well - let me tell you about the steps a copyright holder might take if he discovers that you have violated his copyright:
1. He contacts his copyright attorney (mine charges $200 an hour with a retainer of $1,000);

2. The attorney writes a cease and desist letter to you, which will force you to also hire a copyright attorney to respond.

3. If the copyrighted material is registered with the copyright office, the FBI may be contacted.

4. If you ignore the situation, you MAY be subject to both criminal and civil penalties.

Just as there are "patent troll" attorneys, there are also "copyright troll" attorneys, who get a cut of the action for every copyright violation that they encounter.

Remember Napster??
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Not that I condone it, but you might try Jaksta or Instant Replay. I think this type of "play later" recording is similar to the use of a video tape recorder attached to a TV and falls under FAIR USE. Richard is being overly melodramatic, IMO.
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I agree with the warnings about copyright mentioned by others here (it's your decision), but I will provide an answer to your question:

If you are using Camtasia Studio, the "Record System Audio" functionality of the recorder can capture whatever sound is being played through your speakers. This should work almost all the time on Windows Vista or higher. XP is hit or miss depending on your sound card.

If you have a pretty standard audio card, and you are just watching online content, this would allow you to capture it. But once again, we don't condone recording copyright content if you don't have permission. It's up to you to research and decide whether it's legal for you to record the content.

****My personal opinion: Usually, if you purchase media, you are allowed to make a copy for personal use unless the terms of sale explicitly forbid it. You are not allowed to distribute it to others that are not "licensed" to use it, but people have been backing up CDs/DVDs for years in the (inevitable) event that the original copy stops working.
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I appreciate all the feedback, both legal and technical.

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