Answered By: Laura Sider
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2017     Views: 305

Q: Can I show Netflix movies in the classroom without seeking permission from the copyright owner?
Answered by: Laura Sider

In general, NO.  Movies fall into a different category than written works.  Unless the movie is in the public domain, generally a license to view the movie will restrict public performances.  A Netflix subscriber will have to abide by their Terms of Use (https://www.netflix.com/TermsOfUse), which explicitly say that viewing is for “personal” use only and “You agree not to use the service for public performances.”  So, even though there might be a classroom exception in copyright law, the license (and your agreement to it) will prevail over the law.

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