Videos in Class
Faculty can show feature films, documentaries and TV shows in class as long as the DVD is a legal copy.
- DVDs can be from a library or personal collection.
- DVDs can be from publishers or other copyright holders.
- DVDs cannot be shared in Blackboard without permission.
Library streaming videos
Humber Libraries' collection of streaming videos can be shown in class and linked to in Blackboard.
- Access titles from Criterion Pictures, NFB Campus, Kanopy and others.
- Contact copyright staff if you would like links to these videos in Blackboard.
These sources are subject to contractual obligations that restrict the use to only the subscriber.
- Netflix and other video subscriptions are for members' personal viewing.
- Films from these sources cannot be used for teaching.
Faculty can show or share videos from the following as long as the video is from the copyright holder.
- YouTube and other video-hosting websites
Faculty can show YouTube videos in class or link to them in Blackboard as long as the video was uploaded by the copyright holder.
Since the media player does not have a download option, "ripping" the video files from YouTube is not allowed.
Check the uploader
- Verify that the person who uploaded the video is the copyright holder. Do not use unauthorized videos.
- The user name is the best clue to confirm the uploader.
- Watch this 2 minute YouTube and copyright tutorial for details.
The Copyright Act prohibits the breaking of a digital lock to get content. A digital lock is any technology that controls copying or access to material.
Because DVDs have digital locks, you cannot "rip" clips from them without permission.
- A Fair Dealing alternative is to use screen capture software to record 10% of a DVD.
- Email email@example.com for the capturing rules including the requirement to cite the source.
Library streaming videos
Many of these collections provide options for creating clips. Examples include:
- NFB Campus
- Kanopy Video
- McIntyre Films on Demand
- Theatre in Video
Media players on video-hosting websites may have a download option. If the player does and the video has been uploaded by the copyright holder then you can create clips from the video file.
You are not permitted to "rip" the file without this download option. Instead, use the following authorized feature film clip sources:
Faculty can show a TV program while it is being aired or a program that they purchased.
News programs or news commentaries can be taped and shown in class.
- News examples: the National (first 30 mins only), BBC World Report, Global News, Le telejournal
- Commentary examples: the Editors, Larry King Live, As It Happens
- TV Documentaries: you must pay a tariff to the ERCC to use taped documentaries but you can show a legal copy without permission.
- Examples: 20/20, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Dateline
- Examples: W5, 5th Estate, Rex Murphy, Life & Times, the Nature of Things, Venture, Marketplace
- TV Series: you must pay a tariff to the ERCC to use taped series but you can show a legal copy without permission.
- Examples: ER, Six Feet Under, Saturday Night Live
The Educational Rights Collective of Canada (ERCC) is a non-profit Canadian copyright collective society that administers the Educational Rights Tariff.
- The price is $2.00/min. Contact us for the reporting form.
- Please be aware that most TV programs can be purchased through the Library instead of going through the ERCC.