1. You want to show a DVD in class, but the library doesn’t own a copy. You rent the DVD at Blockbuster. Are you allowed to show this in class?
2. You are teaching the same class online, and want your students to watch the same DVD. Are you permitted to digitize and stream this film and make it available in Canvas?
3. You just had an article you wrote appear in a peer reviewed journal. To enhance your vita, you decide to post a pdf of the article on your personal webpage. May you do so?
4. You want to use a number of slides in your online class. You digitize the images and make them all available to your students through Canvas. Is this permitted?
5. You are teaching a course that consists of screening a number of DVDs for your students. As a service to the rest of your campus community, you decide to advertise these screenings and open them up. Is this permitted? You do not plan to charge admission—does this change your answer?
6. The textbook you use for your course is very expensive, and you use only half of it anyway. You decide to scan and make five of the ten chapters available to your students through Canvas. Is this permitted?
7. The New York Times had a highly relevant article appear. You photocopy the article and hand out copies to your students. May you do so?
8. One of your students wrote a terrific paper—so good that you would like to use it as an example for next semester’s students. May you scan and post the paper on your Cavas site?
9. You are the faculty advisor for the French club. Your club members decide they would like to watch Amelie as part of their next meeting. You meet in the student union. May you screen the film without permission?
10. You are going to be attending a conference and will have to miss a class session. The students have been working really hard on group projects, so you decide to give them a break and show them a movie just for fun. Is this permitted?
11. You would like your students to review a number of film clips from the same film for your next class. How many film clips can you use? How long can they be?
This guide is for informational purposes only.
It should not be used in place of the advice of legal counsel.