We hope you will be able to use the resources provided through the library system's streaming services or free quality resources available on the internet, to provide the media content needs for your teaching.
We understand that some materials are not available on platforms the library can license for educational use, or may only be available in a fixed medium, such as DVD. In those cases, legislative provisions allow for the following uses:
No matter who owns the physical DVD or VHS recording, there is no fair use argument for breaking the digital copyrights management (DCM) on media conversion from a fixed medium (like a DVD) to digital for streaming. This type of activity is covered under the Digital Copyright Millenium Act (DCMA) which only provides for screen capture of reasonable portions of a film to be used for critique or analysis in a class. The university is legally unable to DVD/VHS to digital conversion, as such activity would violate the WSU Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources policy.
In accordance with the Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies, A Rule by the Copyright Office, Library of Congress on 10/26/2018 (Final Rule) and in alignment with the provisions of the TEACH Act, you may:
Before you begin, we recommend you check with the Student Success Librarian or your Subject Specialist Liaison Librarian to determine if there is a streaming version of the media you would like to use on a platform that can be licensed by the library.
Supplemental information related to use of copyrighted media in online classes.
If you would like to request a film to stream during a class session or use for a student activity presented by a registered student group, please use our Streaming Media (Video and Audio) Request Form.
If you have questions, please contact your Subject Specialist Librarian.
Streaming media platforms and collections at the library include: