Terms of Service

Terms of Service for educators and libraries:
1. Classroom Use of DVDs and Streaming Digital Downloads
Classroom use is permissible only when all of the following conditions are met:
  • The performance must be by instructors or by pupils.
  • The performance is in connection with face-to-face teaching activities (not publicly posted online).
  • The entire audience is involved in the teaching activity.
  • The entire audience is in the same room or same general area.
  • The teaching activities are conducted by a non-profit education institution.
  • The performance takes place in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction.
2. Library Use of DVDs
Most public performances of a DVD in a public room (including library meeting rooms), whether or not a fee is charged, would be an infringement of copyright and such performances require a performance license.
However, educational programs meeting all six requirements above are exempted.
Libraries which allow groups to use or rent their public meeting rooms should, as part of their agreement, require the group to warrant that it will secure all necessary performance licenses and indemnify the library for any failure on their part to do so.
Libraries that permit patrons to watch videotapes in private viewing rooms should limit the viewing to one individual or a very small group.
3. Loan/Rental of DVDs

Libraries may loan/rent videos to patrons for their personal use. 
  • Libraries should not obscure (i.e., cover or deface) the copyright notice as it appears on the label.
  • Libraries should not knowingly loan a video to groups for use in public performances. If a patron inquires about a planned performance of a videotape, he or she should be informed that only private uses of it are lawful.
  • Libraries can charge a nominal fee for use of videos.