Can You Show Netflix in Class? Copyright for Teachers Made Simple
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Can You Show Netflix in Class? Copyright for Teachers Made Simple

Tweet Share Email Can I show a video from Netflix in my classroom? Can I make 25 copies from my favorite math workbook? I just need three more copies of our book, can I make those? As educators, we use a variety of resources in our classroom to enhance a lesson. Knowing when our decision to use something falls under fair use and when it is a copyright violation can get tricky, but it doesn’t have to. Before we dive too deep, let’s get a basic understanding of copyright and fair use. What is Copyright? According to copyright.gov , copyright is “a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” Tangible media that can be protected through a copyright include songs, movies, books and artwork. Since copyrighted works are protected, they often require special permission or licensing for use with groups, including classrooms. What is Fair Use? Fair use is permits the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Teaching is an activity that qualifies as fair use. When determining fair use, four factors should be considered, the purpose and character of […]

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