There are legal guidelines to follow when using video in your classroom.
Please see the Library's Teaching and Copyright page. See next box for Online Teaching video copyright guidelines.
The face-to-face teaching exemption allows use of a copyrighted film in classroom teaching when ALL of the following conditions are met:
- Performance or display of a copyrighted work occurs in a non-profit educational institution;
- The performance or display of the copyrighted material occurs in the course of face-to-face teaching activities;
- The performance or display of a work is by instructors or pupils in the course ;
- The film/audiovisual material is related to the course;
- The copyrighted work is performed or displayed in a classroom or other designated teaching space;
- and In the case of an audiovisual work, the performance or display of individual images is given by a means of a copy that is lawfully made (e.g., purchased, rented, or borrowed from the library).
Distance Learning & Online Teaching (HuskyCT)
Section 110(2) of U.S. Copyright Law allows transmission of some materials to support true distance or online instruction that replaces regular classroom instruction (whether live or completed at the student’s pace). Online showings, including showings made via HuskyCT, are permitted when all of the following criteria are met:
• The class is taught at a non-profit educational institution;
• The film/audiovisual material is related to the course;
• The film/audiovisual material is acquired legally (e.g., purchased or licensed);
• The use of the film/audiovisual material is comparable to the amount that is typically displayed in the course of a live classroom session, and is a "reasonable and limited portion of the material;
• The film/audiovisual material is displayed at the direction, or under the supervision of the instructor;
• The transmission or display is directly related to the teaching content;
• The transmission or display is solely available to the students officially enrolled in the course, to the extent technologically feasible;
• The educational institution has clear copyright policies and provide copyright guidelines to faculty, students and staff (see Teaching and Copyright); and
• The educational institution applies reasonable technological measures to prevent viewers from retaining or downloading a copy of the work, or transmitting the work to others.
• The TEACH Act (Section 110(2) of the U.S. copyright law) further specifies conditions under which educators may perform or display copyrighted works in distance education or online environments, including using only "reasonable and limited portions" of works that do not qualify as nondramatic literary or musical works. Films and other audiovisual materials do not qualify as such works. Thus the ability to perform or display copyrighted works in distance education or online via the TEACH Act may be more limited than in classroom settings.