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Showing Videos in The Library

Showing Videos in the Classroom

Videos must be age-appropriate and curriculum related.

Questions to Ask Before Showing Videos

To legally show the video under Educational Fair Use, you have to be able to answer "Yes" to all five of questions below. If you can't answer "Yes" to all five questions, then showing the video is probably a copyright violation.

  1. Is the showing for non-profit educational purposes?
  2. Is it happening in a school classroom or similar place?
  3. Are only instructors and students involved (i.e. no parents, except normal classroom volunteers, in classroom)
  4. Is it a legally acquired copy (e.g. from library collection)
  5. Is it being used in face-to-face teaching activities.

Exceptions to Copyright

Exceptions to copyright are:

  • You've acquired written permission from copyright holder,
  • The copy has public performance rights attached, or
  • Your school has purchased a blanket public performance license.

Source:Simpson, Carol. Copyright for schools : a practical guide. Worthington, Ohio: Linworth Books, 2005. Print.

For More Information

For more information on APS policies regarding using videos in the classroom, see the Use of Videos and Films procedural directive.

Parental Permission Form

If you need a sample parental permission form, you can download one here: