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Whenever possible, Kent State University Libraries purchases or licenses video content for instructors' use in courses. If you are an instructor, staff, or student who would like to request or recommend content for the Libraries' collection, please suggest it through our Selection Manager.
If you are streaming a "reasonable and limited" portion of a dramatic literary work (most films fall into this category) for your course, your use could be covered by the TEACH Act. For detailed information on the TEACH Act, we recommend the Original TEACH Act Toolkit from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. If you decide to invoke the TEACH Act for your course, you may utilize this checklist for your records.
In certain cases, if you cannot obtain licensed streaming access or permission to stream a video, or if the TEACH Act does not apply, you may be able to invoke Fair Use. If you do so, keep a record of this use by completing a Fair Use Evaluation form.
Remember that Section 110 of the Copyright Law allows instructors to show any legally-acquired copy of a video the face-to-face classroom to currently-enrolled students as long as it's part of the curriculum.
See the U.S. Copyright Office for details in the law about videos in the classroom.