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Can I show videos in class to my students?

19 views   |   Last updated on Sep 25, 2019    Copyright


Library Videos

The library has licenses to video collections viewable here These can be shown in class and posted to Blackboard.

Educational Screenings of Documentaries and Select Feature Films​

Some Original educational documentaries are available for one-time educational screenings. To find out which titles are available for educational screenings, go to the "Only On Netflix" section of From here, navigate to "All Alphabetical" (

Titles that are available for educational screening will display the following grant of permission on their details page:

Netflix is proud to present original documentaries that speak to our users in a meaningful way. We know that many of you are as excited about these films as we are; and because of their informational aspects, you’d like to show them in an educational setting -- e.g., in the classroom, at the next meeting of your community group, with your book club, etc.
Consequently, we will permit one-time educational screenings of any of the documentaries noted with this information, on the following terms:
  • The documentary may only be accessed via the Netflix service, by a Netflix account holder. We don’t sell DVDs, nor can we provide other ways for you to exhibit the film.
  • The screening must be non-profit and non-commercial. That means you can’t charge admission, or solicit donations, or accept advertising or commercial sponsorships in connection with the screening.
  • Please don’t use Netflix’s logos in any promotion for the screening, or do anything else that indicates that the screening is “official” or endorsed by Netflix.
We trust our users to respect these guidelines, which are intended to help you share and discuss our documentary content in your community.

DVDs and Video

You do not generally need permission to screen a film, DVD or video in class for non-profit educational instruction. Make sure any DVD you play is not an infringing copy. The Copyright Modernization Act is in force as of November 7th, 2012 and public performance rights are no longer needed for displaying of movies (feature films and documentaries) in a classroom setting. You would still need rights in some cases if you are streaming on-line material, depending on the license attached to that streaming content.

YouTube and other streaming sites

Content posted to YouTube or other public streaming sites are free to show in class provided they are from a verified source, ie. the original uploader. You can identify that a source is verified if the user has a checkmark beside their username. See A brand's official website can also be visited and they generally have links to their official social media, including things like YouTube. If the source of the video or clip is locked behind a paywall or a password they are not permitted to be shown in class regardless of whether or not there is a personal subscription. (Some exceptions apply, see Netflix info above.)

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