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 their Netflix Original documentaries - a collection of over 100 titles! See the instructions below for how to identify the documentaries that are available for use in the classroom.
How to find Netflix documentaries that can be viewed in the classroom:
1. Navigate to: http://media.netflix.com
2. Click the link titled: "Only on Netflix"
3. Click the tab: "All Alphabetical"
4. Netflix only allows for educational screenings of Netflix Original Documentaries. You'll want to find titles that are listed as "Documentary" under the "Category" column.
5. Click on your selected title, 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.