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Copyright, Fair Use, and Public Domain: Movies

Provides guidelines and resources for finding media and giving attribution.

Swank Movie Licensing

Legally acquired movies may be shown in the classroom provided that:

  • A teacher or instructor is present.
  • The showing takes place in a classroom setting with only the enrolled students attending.
  • The movie is used as an essential part of the core, required curriculum being taught. (The instructor should be able to show how the use of the motion picture contributes to the overall required course study and syllabus.)  
  • The movie being used is a legitimate copy, not taped from a legitimate copy or taped from TV.

For non academic showings (fundraisers, movie nights, celebrations, etc.) the district has purchased an annual Swank Movie License - learn more.  


Streaming Services - below are a few links to popular streaming sites and their policies, please note that except for Netflix's educational screening your personal license does not provide for classroom use.

Amazon Terms of Use - refer to 4h

Hulu - refer to 3.2

Netflix Educational Screening 

Xfinity/Comcast Acceptable Use Policy - refer to the network and usage restrictions section


Need a video resource to support the curriculum?  Start with your librarian!  

  • Classroom Video on Demand: Educational streaming video database available to all SHS students and staff from the library's database page.
  • Learn360: Educational streaming video database available to all Woodbury students and staff from the library's database page.
  • Learn360: Educational streaming video database available to all Elementary students and staff from the library's database page.