Answered By: Nicole Montgomery
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2018     Views: 295

Netflix and Public Performance Rights

If you want to show a film in class, all films in our streaming collections, Alexander Street and Kanopy, come with public performance rights and allow you to show a film in a class setting.

But, and this is a very big but, even under fair use guidelines, you cannot legally show a film available on Netflix from your account in a classroom.  This is confirmed at the bottom of this guide, in this discussion here and under the Netflix terms of use which states, “You agree not to use the service for public performances.”

Types of films in EKU Libraries collections

EKU Libraries have lots of documentaries and other types of films in some of our streaming video collections  Alexander Street and Kanopy. What the libraries do not have and can not purchase or obtain are feature/commercial films. If a faculty member wants to show a commercial film in class or have students watch a film outside of class, then the cost and effort to obtain the film and watch the film fall on the faculty member and students. Specifics on this below.

Assigning Films to Watch Outside of Class

If you want to assign a film for students to watch outside of class, you’ll proceed differently depending on if the library has the film in one of the streaming collections or if we do not.  If we do have the film in Alexander Street or in Kanopy, simply grab the permalink from the database itself and use that link in your Blackboard module, syllabus, etc.

If the film that you want the students to watch outside of class is not in our streaming collections and is a commercial film, your library liaison can usually help you track down the places the film is available so that you can put that information in your syllabus/Blackboard module letting the students know the various ways they can watch the film.

There are some go-tos to check that include subscription and some rental options:

  • iTunes
  • Amazon
  • Netflix
  • Hulu

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