Generally it is legal to tape public behavior in a public space (e.g. a speakerat an outdoor rally that anyone can participate in). A classroom is a privatespace, and therefore requires consent. Taping a private conversation in apublic space is not legal either. All private taping requires written consent.Consult with Human Subjects Review Board. While few cases ever get to lawyers, one rule to follow is that if you can get consent, you should. For example, if you are asking people in depth questions at a public event, the courts are likely to require consent for the use of the recordings in a commercial context. In practice only projects like broadcast magazine shows get releases at public events.
Ethical guidelines for distribution of video on computer networks, ordistribution via CD-ROM are non-existant. The laws developed for broadcast television may or may not apply. Think carefully and get legal advicebefore proceeding.
Issues in informed consent: