Showing an entire movie or film or musical work online does represent more of a copyright issue than playing it in class – but there may be options for your students to access it independently online. The University of Regina Library already has quite a bit of licensed streaming audio and video content which you are welcome to use in your online course. Remember you can still link to content or set up a electronic reading list to manage your course materials.
We may be able to purchase streaming access for additional media when available. Standard commercial streaming options like commonly subscribed to services like Netflix, Crave or Disney Plus that students may also subscribe to and can access using their own accounts may sometimes be the easiest option – though some students may not have access to those services. (For exclusive content, the commercial services may be the only option.)
What can you do if you have a scheduled screening for a film that is not available online?
If you have a scheduled film screening and the film is not available digitally through one of our electronic databases, you may be able to conduct a virtual screening using the distance education exception in the Copyright Act (Section 30.01).
This exception is not widely used as it includes a variety of requirements, such as:
One way to meet the requirements of this section may be to live-stream the screening (accessible only to your students). If you do make a recording, you will need to ensure that you meet the requirements above.