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Author Topic: Showing Youtube videos for teaching  (Read 628 times)


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Showing Youtube videos for teaching
« on: 03-27-17 at 12:59 pm »


Is it okay to show Youtube videos in class for my teaching business. Or are they copyrighted and not fair use for this purpose? Your answers would be a great help. Thanks.


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Re: Showing Youtube videos for teaching
« Reply #1 on: 03-27-17 at 05:07 pm »

YouTube videos are creative works that are protected by copyright. 

Your use of these videos for instructional purposes may qualify as fair use, but it's often not black or white.  The US Copyright Office describes the factors that come into play when considering a fair use argument:

There is another issue here that you have not mentioned.  When you use YouTube, you agree to their Terms of Service.  The Terms say, in part, "You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the Service and as permitted under these Terms of Service. ...  You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the Content. "

This post is provided for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.

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Re: Showing Youtube videos for teaching
« Reply #2 on: 03-28-17 at 05:21 pm »

Skip the Fair Use discussion for the moment. 

Just email the video’s author (copyright owner) and ask for permission.  If they say “yes” to your educational request, problem solved, and you have a non-exclusive license. 

If the author says “No” or doesn’t respond, that’s when you have to craft your use of the work into one of the categories embodied into Fair Use.

Many times copyright owners are thrilled(!) when I contact them seeking permission to include their material in my non-commercial video projects. 

Of course, it’s another thing to get Hollywood studios or music labels to grant you free licenses (that hardly ever happens).


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