Answered By: Vicki Sciuk
Last Updated: Nov 27, 2017     Views: 10

Only if the DVD was purchased with Public Performance Rights (PPR), which allows the video to be shown in full to your students, or for a campus club or event. Otherwise showing it, even in a classroom, is an infringement of copyright. Most DVDs owned by the libraries do not have PPR. But some documentaries, educational videos, and classics do.  Catalog Search for DVDs with PPR


Berkeley also has a large collection of Streaming Videos which are purchased with a license that allows them to be shown legally in a classroom or embedded in Blackboard. Faculty can embed segments of films, and create an assignment by adding questions.There are also Hollywood movies available to stream or add to Blackboard, on the Motion Pictures page.

But any DVD that is marked for "home use only" is for private entertainment, and should only be watched in one's home. These films are not licensed to be shown in a classroom, just as you cannot rent a movie from Redbox or Netflix and screen it in a public space.

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