The Chester Fritz Library DVDs are for home individual use as well as for in person classroom use.
Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to publicly show a DVD. The library did not buy these rights for our DVD collection. Some of our DVDs are PBS videos that don't have rights specified and might be able to be viewed publicly. To test if a DVD is available online, search the PBS website and see if they are freely available.
More information about Videos and Copyright can be viewed from the American Library Association.
Section 110(1) of the Copyright Act addresses performance and display of copyrighted materials in the face-to-face classroom.
Teachers have more privileges in face-to-face teaching situations for the use of copyrighted materials than teachers in online instruction. The TEACH Act (Section 110 (2) of U.S. Copyright Law) attempts to bring the two environments closer together, but the two environments are still not level.
More information regarding the TEACH Act is available from the American Library Association Copyright for Libraries Guide.
Can I show a YouTube video to my in-person and online classes?
Yes, using YouTube to demonstrate pedagogical points is fine, however, do not use YouTube videos that contain infringing content just as you would not use any other type of infringing content. YouTube is particularly full with such material despite YouTube's best efforts. The best way to handle a YouTube video is to link to it. Using YouTube's embedded code for linking is okay also; it's just code and YouTube makes it available for users to embed.
Source: Copyright & Fair Use: Media in the Classroom, University of Texas Arlington
Do you want to know where you can rent a specific streaming film to show a preview or a short clip for instruction? For feature films and TV shows, there are websites that aggregate links to where items can be rented. Examples include: