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Using Streaming Video from Public Websites
Playing a video on a public website in a classroom for a curricular purpose is generally fine.
If you want an online class to watch the same video, it is usually best to just post a link for each student to follow to watch the video on their own.
Downloading / reposting or embedding film content from a public website is only allowed if the site:
(a) provides a widget for embedding, or
Streaming Video Collections on the Web
- Educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials.
- Topics include history, science, art, literature, math, psychology, and more.
- Legal policy
BioInteractive from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Medical topics, including biodiversity, evolution, stem cells, obesity, cancer, and DNA.
- Animation, lecture content, and virtual labs.
- Site for researchers to share media clips "in a critical context that transforms and recontextualizes the media, adding value and significance" (FAQ).
- Add text or voice-over commentaries. Organize clips into lecture playlists.
- Terms of service excerpt: "You may access the Critical Commons Website to view video, textual, and audio materials posted within a curricular context without the need of an account."
- Stream full-length episodes of many PBS shows, including NOVA, Frontline, Independent Lens, and Nature.
- Library of 1500+ full-length documentary films, with topics ranging broadly from arts, religion, or politics to science, health, or environment.
- Embed video in course websites with the SnagFilms Widget.
Teach Texas: Texas Archive of the Moving Image
- Over 1,000 videos on history and culture of Texas.
- Includes both secondary and primary content.
- Click "Teach Texas" for lesson plans, activities, etc.
- Excerpt regarding use: "All donations to the Archive Program must be free from copyright, or the donor must be willing to place the film in the public domain", so this material may be used without concern of infringement.
- Videos talks on a multitude of topics; devoted to "ideas worth spreading."
- Educational video content in almost every subject area.
- Content from various colleges and universities.
- Embed video in course websites with the YouTube Embeddable Player.
Using Streaming Video from Private/Subscription Sites
Netflix, Blockbuster.com, Hulu, and other streaming video subscription services
Whether you pay for a subscription or just created a free username and password, if you have to login to a site, there may be greater restrictions on how you can use that content.
For instance, the licenses for Netflix and similar services usually specify that those services are only for private, home use.
DO NOT EVER give your private account login information to your students.
This is a serious violation of license agreements. It is now illegal in some states and other states may follow suit.
Video Lectures and Courses from Universities
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