Let's face it, there are times when showing a video in class is the best way to illustrate a concept or spark a discussion about a particular topic. Before online instruction this could be achieved by simply putting the video in a player and pressing play. However, copyright law is restrictive in terms of streaming videos and digitizing content for classroom use. Currently, there are two options that you can choose that will ensure compliance with copyright laws:
Beyond these options, things get complicated. The bottom line:
If you would like to use videos or digital media in your course, you are responsible for obtaining the permissions. In some cases we can digitize short clips that you can use to stimulate discussion or illustrate a concept or idea.
To help you determine when you need permission, we have developed a checklist to guide your decision.
If you are not sure if a work is copyright protected, please search the US Gov Copyright Office database.