Fair Use (17 U.S.C. § 107) allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Under fair use, the certain uses permitted include, but are not limited to, criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research. All educational uses, however, are not considered fair use. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use, four factors need to be considered:
While many uses for educational purposes are fair, not all are. You need to evaluate your use each time you are reproducing copyrighted material.
Face-to-Face Teaching Exemption:
Copyrighted movies may ONLY be shown without permission in a college or university setting if these criteria are met:
Using Netflix, Amazon, Hulu... Videos in Class:
Can I use a digital copy of a movie purchased from Amazon in an in-person class?
“4h. Limited License to Digital Content. Subject to payment of any charges to rent, purchase, or access Digital Content, and your compliance with all terms of this Agreement, Amazon grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, limited license, during the applicable Viewing Period, to access and view the Digital Content in accordance with the Usage Rules, for personal, non-commercial, private use.”
The copyright rules for showing films in online classes are different than those applying to in-person teaching activities.
Strategies for avoiding copyright infringement when showing films in an online class:
Using YouTube videos in Online Classes: