Can I Use Netflix in the Classroom?
The library does not subscribe to Netflix, nor does Netflix allow for institutional accounts.
Does this prevent you, as an instructor, from logging into your personal account to use Netflix in the classroom? Yes and no.
In order to show a film in a public setting, producers and distributors require institutions to purchase public performance rights (PPR). If you are familiar with US copyright law (17 U.S. Code § 110), you may know that the Federal Copyright Act does not require PPR for face-to-face classroom or teaching activities. This is why you are generally allowed to show films in class.
Netflix is unique, however, in that they do allow educational screenings of a number of their Netflix Original documentaries - a collection of over 100 titles! See the instructions below for how to identify if a Netflix Original documentary is eligible for an educational screening.
How to find Netflix documentaries that can be viewed in the classroom:
1. Navigate to: http://media.netflix.com
2. Use the search box to locate the documentary you wish to screen
3. Click on your selected title, locate the film's Synopsis, and ensure that it contains the "GRANT OF PERMISSION FOR EDUCATIONAL SCREENING" notice. If it does not contain this notice, the title is NOT eligible for classroom screening. Please follow the instructions set out by Netflix when screening the title in class.
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