Answered By: Rebecca Mackle
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2016     Views: 77

You are allowed to show films for 'purposes of instruction' to staff and students at an educational establishment. Even if the DVD case states that it is for 'home use only', you are unlikely to be at risk of prosecution under these circumstances as the law now overrides contractual terms.

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently handed down a landmark verdict (October 25th, 2014). The Court ruled that embedding copyrighted videos is not copyright infringement, even if the source video was uploaded without permission. It would therefore not be a breach to use YouTube videos for teaching purposes - but YouTube's own terms of use require you to play their material via their own Player.

All staff and students have access to recordings of TV and radio programmes via the Box of Broadcasts streaming service, as well as to recordings in the library collection made under our ERA licence. Clips from these can also be used by staff and students.