Standards of Usage: Copyright and Streaming Services
Under the Fair Use clause of federal copyright law, teachers may use copyrighted material for educational use. These materials may be rented or purchased by the teacher or school district. A summary of Fair Use, including parameters for determining what qualifies, can be found on the University of Chicago library website: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/copyrightinfo/fairuse.html.
Streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu, Hoopla, HBOGo, etc. do not provide access to content under the Fair Use clause. The terms of service agreed upon when signing up for these services provide “personal, non-commercial” use. Due to the rise in popularity of these sites, the law may eventually change, but that is not the case as it stands.
CPS Library Media programs provide access to a variety of digital video resources. Please speak to your building media specialist if you have questions and / or access to resources for your classroom.
Columbia Public Schools
Library Media Program Policy and Procedures Manual
Updated Fall 2017