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Faculty members are allowed to show a video in class as long as the following conditions are met:

  • the video is a legitimate copy of the work (i.e., it was uploaded by the copyright owner)
  • there are no clearly visible notices prohibiting educational use
  • there are no access lock preventing the public from accessing the video, such as log-ins

If you would like a second opinion as to whether a video is acceptable to show in class please contact

Unavailable Services & Copyright Information

The following services are unavailable for purchase/use by academic institutions:

  • Amazon Prime Video ( Prime Student)
  • Apple TV / Apple One
  • Netflix (besides noted documentaries, see our F.A.Q. page)
  • Hulu / Disney+
  • CBC Gem (free in Canada with ads, paid plan optional)
  • NBC Peacock (not available in Canada)
  • Crunchyroll/Funimation/VRV
  • HBOmax
  • YouTube Premium/TV

Videos that are accessible through these streaming services are NOT considered publicly available online content because a username and password (an account) are required to access them. Additionally, even though these services offer legitimate copies of shows/films that have been made available with the consent of the copyright owner, your use of the videos in your account or library is limited to the contractual obligations of the Terms of Use that you agreed to when you signed up for your account. These products are “only for personal, non-commercial use” and CANNOT BE SHOWN IN THE CLASSROOM or for any public audience.

This applies to all streaming video sites that require:

  1. An account (username + password), and/or
  2. A paid subscription


Copyright Information

The  College's Fair Dealing Policy permits the reproduction of up to 10% of an audiovisual work but this reproduction is prohibited if the video is protected by a digital lock or technological protection measure.

Permission to reproduce the video would have to be sought from its copyright holder, which could be studio, director, and/or producer. For information on and assistance with the permission seeking process, please contact the Copyright Technician.

If you require use of a video that is not available through any of our subscribed sources, or any open access resources, please email the Copyright Technician at

Terms of Use

This guide has been adapted from the CLO Learning Portal Copyright page (archived) and the Faculty Toolkit.

This site was designed solely for informational purposes for St. Lawrence College faculty, staff and students. All other users are encouraged to check and confirm the information with their institution(s). This site is prepared by library staff and is not reviewed by legal counsel.