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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: Jun 12, 2020     Views: 25

Yes, you are allowed to show a full film or a portion of a film in a physical class setting (in-person/face-to-face) if the film is shown for educational purposes that match the course's curriculum. The copy you are showing or streaming must be a legally obtained copy. 

What requires extra consideration is if the course is an online course, remote course, hybrid course, long distance course, or so on (ie a class that is broadcast to another location or is asynchronous). The TEACH Act may have exemptions that apply, but it is not as clear-cut of an issue. Fair Use might also apply. 

What cannot be done is showing a copyrighted film to a group of students outside of a classroom setting, even on campus, without a license/permission. For this a classroom exemption would not apply. 

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