Previously, only media studies classes were allowed by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to show film clips in their classrooms. Thanks to a recent update on exemptions to the DMCA by the Librarian of Congress, now all faculty and university instructors are able to show film clips in their classrooms without violating copyright laws relating to public viewing. The new ruling states that all faculty and university instructors can willfully and lawfully circumvent the Content Scrambling System on DVD’s for teaching purposes.
This does not, however, grant faculty privileges to put clips of videos or films they do not have rights to online or to make use to illegally obtained videos in the classroom. If you have questions on the legality of your use of video in the classroom, please speak with a librarian and we will do our best to guide you in terms of your allowances as an educator.