Answered By: Laura Sider
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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 (, 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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