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Streaming Media @ Wayne

This guide provides information on licensed and free streaming media resources, copyright guidelines on sharing and using media in Canvas, and how to create clips and make them available in Canvas.

General Streaming Media Platforms

Search for streaming media in the catalog

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How to search for and add videos from the AVON collection without leaving Canvas

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Streaming Media for Courses

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:

  • Use screen capture software to capture clips (short portions) into new works for criticism or comment. (best practice suggests 20% or less of total film running time)
  • Post this screen capture using a streaming system that would prevent downloading and distribution of the file. 

Please consult our instructions for capture and streaming using ECHO 360 to make these resources available in your Canvas course site.

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.

Featured Resource: Swank Digital Campus

  • Core Coverage – The library has subscribed to the TOP 1000 Collection. These films have been selected based on what faculty/schools are selecting the most from the database and as such the films on this list will vary year to year.
  • Requesting films not included in the TOP 1000 Collection - Requesting films is restricted to faculty for use in courses.
  • Films are licensed for one year from the date added to the portal. In the case of the TOP 1000 the expiration date will be 10/31/2023. For a full title list go to the library catalog and type in “Swank Films”.
  • Faculty can still request a new, or renew an expiring film, a film not included in the Top 1000 Collection for their course curriculum. Submit a request via the Course Reserves by clicking this link.
  • Allow time for processing and licensing of films. Submit requests early to allow sufficient time for processing and licensing of films. Most films may take between 2 - 3 to become active.
  • Public Performance Rights – Swank Digital Campus films do not have public performance rights as they are intended for course use only.

Creating Clips

Here are some quick and simple options for creating clips from media playing on your computer.

Make sure you are following best practices and adhering to copyright guidelines for educational use when creating clips and making them available in your course. See Streaming Media and Online Courses content on this page for additional guidance.

This information is provided for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation for a particular program or process.

Workshop: Streaming Media and Creating Clips

Capturing Film Clips Using Flashback Recorder Express