> So what is the issue with doing such highlight videos from sporting events? Is it just that they are concerned about me affecting the market of the original work?
That, I imagine, would be a primary argument. From hockey fights to great footie goals (or vice versa - go Zidane! :) ), highlight reels are worth money to the original owner. Releasing your own reel dilutes the market for the profits the owner hopes for.
> [...] I posted a first dance wedding video. Would the track they were dancing too need to be approved for use before I could post a wedding video?
The "'Net Lawyer" in me says that you would only need approval if you dubbed-in the song.
> I am not sure you can even answer that but from what I take from this and other discussions is that as long as I don't put it out to the masses then it is fine?
Yes. As you noted, some duplication is allowable. I can make an obnoxious mixtape that goes from surf to metal to reggaetón with music I have legally purchased for my own personal use. But, should I make that mix pubicly available, I have then violated copyright law.
> I think a lot of time logic doesn't come into play.
I tend to agree with you (which I do on a more general level than may appear). I personally believe that copyright now has far more to do with financial matters than the lofty preachings of "protecting intellectual property."
> [...] how is watching a video online any different than watching it on TV? I can't take it with me [...]
Sure, that was before. But I have a two-word answer for you: "Video iPod."
Or, I can save the video - if it's not already in my cache - convert it to a suitable format and burn it to DVD. Then I drop it in the DVD player in my family van to keep the kids amused while I drive them to the abbatoir.
lawman, don't go running with those scissors!