Video and TV


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.

Personal subscriptions

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.
    • One exception is for a select number of documentaries (not series) that Netflix has made availabe on their YouTube channel. You are free to show or link to these videos.

Internet sources

Faculty can show or share videos from the following as long as the video is from the copyright holder.

  • TedTalks
  • 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. For example: videos from the Encore+ channel can be used.

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 YouTube and copyright tutorial for details.

Video Clips

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 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

Internet sources

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 TV programs while they are being aired or a program that they purchased.

News programs or news commentaries can be taped and shown in class.

Choose from the list to find eResources specific to that type.