Legalities of using online videos in class

I’m often asked by teachers about the rights and wrongs of using online videos in class. So a recent article by Vicki Hollett is really helpful as it covers many of the key issues relating to copyright and using online videos in class:

More information on the subject also appears in Jamie Keddie’s new methodology book ‘Bringing online video into the classroom’ (OUP). On page 63 he answers some of the common questions. Here’s a brief summary of the information he provides though I strongly recommend you buy the book for the rest of the ideas in it. He says…

1 For any legitimate video on YouTube, you don’t need permission to play it in class.

2 As a general rule, if the video has adverts, then it probably has been uploaded by the rightful owner so you can show it.

3 Don’t use the video if it has been uploaded without the owner’s consent.

4 Downloading videos from YouTube using online applications that ‘capture’ video is a violation of YouTube’s terms and conditions, even if the video has a Creative Commons licence.

5 Creative Commons is an international non-profit organization which encourages creators of video (or music and other creative media) to allow their work to be re-used by others for free as long as the work is attributed to the creator and it is used for non-commercial purposes.

If you can recommend any other information, publications or sites etc on this subject, please leave a comment with the details. Thanks

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