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Ned Miller
Re: Can TAPELESS be used for litigation support video?
on Dec 1, 2009 at 6:33:43 pm

One thing I do know is not to pose a question to an attorney client that I don't have the answer to. They look at us as their outside consultant/expert so I need to find out if any case law in IL is relevant to erasing the media the original event was shot on.

I have a post into the LinkedIn Litigation Specialists group and the Yahoo Legal Video group so perhaps someone on the legal side can let us video folks know what's up. I do know that in depositions (which I don't do because there's no money in it) they often record direct to hard drives, but I do not know if that hard drive is then considered the archival master and they never can erase it.

When digital still was first used in litigation support there was a big hulabaloo about how easy it was to manipulate digital imagery undetected. And that is why I am wondering if erasing a P2 is considered "destroying the original", even though we all know it's 1:1.

My gut says to play it safe, record tape like I always have and do more research re: IL case law because if there ever is a problem with a law firm, look out! I will let you all know what I find out. Thanks!

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