When showing a DVD, Video, or TV program to a class, the rights of the copyright holder must be considered. This consideration must be made regardless of who owns the DVD, Video, or TV program, or where it was obtained. Copyright holders have exclusive rights to display, reproduce, create derivative works, and distribute their content.
This is permitted without permission under the face-to-face teaching exemption as long as the movie has an instructional purpose related to the course, is shown only to students enrolled in the course, and is lawfully obtained. (See 17 U.S.C. § 110)
Clark Library eVideo collections:
Subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO have detailed membership agreements that prescribe how their content can be used. When you agree to the terms of membership, you enter into a contract and must abide by the contractual terms.
Documentaries on Netflix
Netflix makes some documentaries available free of charge, as "one-time educational screenings." To see a list of these, search the Netflix site or use the provided link. Please read carefully the conditions for screening these titles.
You might need to obtain a public performance rights (PPR) license. Public performance rights give the holder the legal right to show a copyright-protected DVD, Video, or TV program to the public. Usually one of these services manages these rights:
Do the films in the Clark Library include Public Performance Rights (PPR)?
Yes, some of the DVDs and Videos owned by the Clark Library include Public Performance Rights. Please contact the Library to confirm that the movie or DVD you would like to use has public performance rights.
Public Performance Rights Are Required When:
Public Performance Rights Are Not Required When:
It is easy to find content on YouTube; however, not all content has been uploaded with the copyright owner's consent and therefore, can be taken down without notice.
To verify that content has been uploaded legally, look for rights and license statements accompanying the video, or examine the YouTube user’s profile. After verification, it is permissible to post a link or embed the YouTube video in Moodle; however, downloading the content is not. (See the YouTube terms of service.)
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