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Copyright & Intellectual Property: Classroom

Information about copyright & intellectual property

Classroom Exemption

Performance or displays of copyrighted material are allowed in face-to-face classrooms. § 110. Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays

Faculty can distribute small portions of journals or books to all students in their class for discussion and study.

There are guidelines for 1) Single copying for teachers and 2) Multiple copies for classroom use. “Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-For-Profit Educational Institutions with respect to books and periodicals” is included in the document, “Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians” by United States Copyright Office. 

The TEACH Act was enacted to give some copyright exemptions to distance learning courses for digital transmissions of items that would be legal in a physical classroom situation. Since SUA does not have any distance education components in the curricula, the library has not incorporated any TEACH Act exemptions into the policy. TEACH provisions do not apply to supplementary resources including e-reserves and digital library resources.

Streaming Videos and Music

While the U.S. copyright law 17 U.S.C. § 110(1) permits display of otherwise protected works in a not-for-profit classroom setting, the contracts underlying the service membership may prohibit the use of personal streaming accounts. 

Netflix User Agreement: "The Netflix service and any content viewed through our service are for your personal and non-commercial use only." Netflix, however, allows educators to show some of their original documentaries. Please read Educational Screenings of Documentaries on their website for more details. As of April, 2017, the documentary film 13th, for instance, can be screened in a classroom setting.

Amazon Video Terms of Use: "Amazon grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, limited license, during the applicable Viewing Period, to access and view the Digital Content in accordance with the Usage Rules, for personal, non-commercial, private use."

Apple Media Services Terms and Conditions: "Individuals acting on behalf of a commercial enterprise, governmental organization or educational institution (an “Enterprise”) may download and sync Apps for use by either (i) a single individual on one or more devices owned or controlled by an Enterprise; or (ii) multiple individuals on a single shared device owned or controlled by an Enterprise. For the sake of clarity, each device used serially or collectively by multiple users requires a separate license."

Here are Terms of Use set by other popular streaming media services: Hulu, HBO Now, and Showtime.

As for the following media databases to which Ikeda library subscribes, their license agreements allow SUA professors to play them freely in their classrooms.

More Information

Ikeda Library holds a number of books on the subject of copyright. In addition, the Library recommends the following guides for faculty: