Zoom and Disney+

Haldur

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I'm involved with a non-profit and we have a regular setup to share a movie every week with the clients via Zoom. The host has a paid version so we don't run into difficulties with connection time. And we got it to work, for better or worse (one movie was not sharable due to restrictions, but we just picked a different one at the last minute -- The Princess Bride).

But we ran into this problem one evening with a Disney+ movie (Star Wars: A New Hope). We had both video and audio lag which was horrible (we've had lag issues, but never this bad). I asked the host if he could maybe lower the video quality, but he couldn't figure out how to do that with Disney+. Finally, he switched out of full screen mode, and that did show a minor improvement. But it still was worse than usual.

My questions are:
1. How can you lower the video quality while watching a Disney+ movie (it was my personal guess that that might help with the lag).
2. Are there other tricks to improve sharing the video?
3. Does anyone know how you can tell which videos cannot be shared without actually trying to share them and getting a licensing message?

We aren't pirates, we aren't trying to break the law or anything. This is for a state-funded agency so we don't have a real budget (and things are going to get worse for us before they get better). But we're trying to create activities for the clients so that they have something to do during quarantine or lockdown.
 

Haldur

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Is it? I can't find any applicable restriction listed. And that would contradict the fact that certain content has EXPLICIT restrictions, while almost everything else lacks such restrictions. This is equivalent to having someone else over to watch with the owner of the service, only due to covid, we are using the equivalent of mirrors or a periscope to watch along. There's only one person logged into the service, and everyone else is, essentially, a guest looking over his shoulder. I'm not saying you are wrong, only I read that legalese, and it doesn't appear that this is explicitly or even implicitly disallowed.
 

Cookiegal

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It does state that you "may not and agree not to:

iii) rebroacast, transmit or perform the Disney+ content availalbe via the Disney+ service
"

so no, it's not something that they allow and as such not something for which we can provide any assistance.
 

Haldur

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First of all, let me state that I have a membership as does the person who is sharing is screen. And he is not rebroadcasting.
 

Cookiegal

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But you mentioned you were trying to "create activities for the clients" which implies more than one person.

If the client also has a paid subscrition then why do they need your intervention?

Perhaps you could go into more detail on exactly what you want to accomplish such as how many people would be viewing the movie and in what type of setting?
 
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Couriant

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@Haldur

To confirm, you two were the only people that was going to watch the video? If so, you can do a watch party on the app/website since both of you have Disney+ accounts. I don't believe that Dinsey would view you two playing the movie on Zoom legal.

" But we're trying to create activities for the clients "

Can you clarify what you meant by this? I think this is what is tripping us up. If Cookie is correct that you are playing the movie over Zoom for other people, then that would be considered against the terms as outlined, unless you have explicit permission from those who own the rights to any movies that you are trying to stream.

Please check with a legal team or with the state that is funding you as it may affect your funding if this does become a legal issue.
 

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