Media Resources Copyright FAQ


Yes, provided the copy is legally obtained, you may show DVDs or VHS videos in class for teaching purposes. All titles in the Media Resources Library can be shown in class for teaching purposes. 

Please see Digitizing Audio Video Material While Respecting the Copyright Act for more information (authentication required).

Permission is required to change formats for accessibility purposes. Using existing closed-captioned media is encouraged. The cost of making a request to a vendor to close caption, or to modify a non-closed-captioned DVD from a television series can be very costly and time consuming.  

The streaming subscriptions that Media Resources has with NFB, Criterion, CBC Curio, Digitalia and are intended for educational use. That includes classroom, distance education courses and assignments (where a prof does not show the program in the class but assigns it to the students to watch on their own time). Other individual streaming services like Prime Video, Netflix, or Crave, require that you agree to terms and conditions that limit use of the service to personal use, and so these services cannot be used in classrooms, with some exceptions (see below).

Some Netflix movies can be screen for educational use in certain circumstances. Information about this can be found here: . Specific titles can be found on this list:

Videos from YouTube should only be used if you have a reasonable belief that they were uploaded to YouTube legally. A good way to check this is to look at who posted the video. For example, if the official account for BBC News or the producer of a documentary uploaded content, the content is likely a legal copy. If an individual account uploads a copy of a full-length feature film, it likely not a legal copy. After you’ve determined the video is a legal copy, then displaying that video in your class for teaching purposes is permitted, as long as it is played from the service directly and not copied or downloaded.

Yes. When not connected to the campus network, users will need to use sign into the library’s proxy. You can provide an off-campus link by including  in front of the link to the video you would like to provide them.

Showing a movie for a club event is usually classified as entertainment and requires public performance rights.


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