Frequently Asked Questions

Can I request or make my own digital copies of films, books, etc to distribute to my students? What copyright considerations apply?

Carleton’s Copyright Policy and Copyright Guidance continue to be useful during this time of crisis. For the most part, anything that you could legally copy or display in your campus classroom you can display in your online classroom.

In general, proceed as you have always done:

Special considerations for film and audio digitization

Digitizing and showing entire films or audio performances is often not advisable.

  • Select films or audio that are already available online and link to those. For content primarily available through Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, etc, consider building your syllabus around one of those platforms and having students temporarily subscribe to those services as if they were buying a textbook. (Note that international access to these platforms may vary considerably, so students should use our VPN to access content.)
  • Work with your Library Liaison to find alternative content that would serve your learning goals.
  • Choose brief clips that are more likely to be considered Fair Use, and work with Academic Technology to deliver those clips to your students. As usual, PEPS will require documentation of your Fair Use analysis before they can reproduce multimedia works.
  • Seek permission from the copyright holder, bearing in mind that this can take some time. As usual, PEPS will require documentation of permission before they can reproduce multimedia works.

For more information, see Carleton's Copyright Guidance on transitioning to online learning.

  • Iris Jastram, 10 April 2020
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