Face-to-face classes & film use
Section 110 of U.S. Copyright law contains exceptions that allow educators to use film (and other copyrighted material) in the classroom. Known as "the classroom exception," instructors can use films in classrooms as long as the following conditions are met:
Learn more here: The classroom use exception
Online classes & film use
The TEACH Act (2002), Section 110, 2), which stands for Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization, is a list of exceptions to U.S. Copyright Law for film use in a fully online course environment. Provisions that are most pertinent to the use of film online courses include the following:
Learn more here: The TEACH ACT in a Nutshell
Screening films on campus for an event and public performance rights (PPR) licensing
If a film is being displayed as an event or part of an event on campus, you need permission to use it. Permission is available in the form of public performance rights in which a license to display the copyrighted work is purchased.
PPR: Do I need it?
Yes, you need public performance rights:
No, you do not need public performance rights:
SU Libraries does have some PPR licensed films in DVD and streaming formats, so please check there first. Otherwise, PPR licensing may be obtained by the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership.
Credit: The PPR content of this guide was originally created by University of Florida, Smathers Libraries: https://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/copyright/video, "Do I Need Public Performance Rights?" Text color and emphasis have been altered from the original.