Copyright and Streaming Services

  • There has recently been great debate about the use of streaming services (Amazon Prime, Netflix HBO go, Hulu Etc) in the classroom. 
    Yes, you can use most movies in the classroom when you are using them as part of an instructional lesson or program. However the license/contract on your personal streaming service in most cases does not allow for this type of use. 
    For specific questions, consult your streaming provider and their terms of service, the School Library System office, or take a look at the links below for more information. 

    ** This does not apply to Learn 360 streaming services provided to you by O/N BOCES Media Services. Those streaming resources are specifically licensed for classroom/public use by participating districts. **

    Q: Can I show a Netflix movie in my classroom?

    A: According to Title 17, Chapter 1, § 110(1) you may show all or part of a movie, in a face-to-face (F2F) classroom, provided that the movie was made lawfully and it is for educational use only and not for entertainment or commercial use.

    But, keep in mind that a license agreement supersedes copyright. Netflix's Terms of Use state, albeit ambiguously, that the Netflix subscription service is for personal and non-commercial use only. And so while Netflix has been known to turn a blind eye toward reports of classroom viewings, this may not be considered a personal use.

    Helpful Links:

    Amazon Prime:


    Subject to your compliance with these Conditions of Use and your payment of any applicable fees, Amazon or its content providers grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable license to access and make personal and non-commercial use of the Amazon Services. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of any Amazon Service, or its contents; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices; any derivative use of any Amazon Service or its contents; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another merchant; or any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools. All rights not expressly granted to you in these Conditions of Use or any Service Terms are reserved and retained by Amazon or its licensors, suppliers, publishers, rightsholders, or other content providers. No Amazon Service, nor any part of any Amazon Service, may be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written consent of Amazon. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Amazon without express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilizing Amazon's name or trademarks without the express written consent of Amazon. You may not misuse the Amazon Services. You may use the Amazon Services only as permitted by law. The licenses granted by Amazon terminate if you do not comply with these Conditions of Use or any Service Terms.

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    Netflix Service

    The Netflix service, and any content viewed through our service, are for your personal and non-commercial use only. During your Netflix membership, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, license to access the Netflix service and view movies and TV shows through the service on a streaming-only basis for that purpose. Except for the foregoing limited license, no right, title or interest shall be transferred to you. You agree not to use the service for public performances.

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