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Copyright Guide

This is a guide to copyright information and issues for Spalding University faculty and students prepared by Spalding University Library. Information in this library guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal co

Streaming Media Policy

The Spalding University Library supports the curricular streaming needs of the university.  However, the high cost of streaming videos combined with budget constraints requires some limits on what the Library is able to provide. The policy for acquiring streaming rights may be adjusted from year to year based on funding. We ask that you use the Library's existing collections before requesting new titles to add to our collection. We also provide a brief explanation of relevant copyright principles. This explanation should not be interpreted as legal advice. Instructors should decide which option is most appropriate based on their pedagogical needs.  

Streaming Options

There are streaming options available to assist with your instructional needs. Each option below includes a description and a brief explanation of relevant copyright principles. Instructors should decide which option is most appropriate based on their pedagogical needs.

1. Link to Spalding University Library licensed streaming videos

Service: Consider the film databases the Library already provides. This not only helps your class, it helps in the library justify expenditure for the streaming media. We recommend that you check these collections first to see if there are films that will work for your class. See the Library webpage Databases A- Z and All Database Types dropdown menu for Films and Videos for help finding these items.

Copyright: The Library has license agreements with the database providers to make these films available in streaming format for Spalding faculty, staff, and students.  
Help: Feel free to contact your librarian for help identifying films for your class. Faculty, see instructions to Adding Streaming Media Permalink URLs. 

2. Use public library streaming videos

ServiceLouisville Free Public Library card holders can access streaming video collections. All Spalding students, staff, and faculty are eligible to get LFPL library cards. You will need to contact the LFPL reference desk to set up your card for off-site access to public library collections.

Documentaries, films in the public domain, and short films may be available through free online collections like the Internet Archive (see Open Access Streaming Video).

Copyright: Each provider will have a different license agreement. We encourage you to read the terms of each license.

3. Host streaming video content yourself

Service: Canvas allows you to embed multiple video files to your course site.

Copyright: You may consider doing a fair use evaluation and decide to host video content essential for your class. See the University of Washington Libraries' Step-by-Step Guide to Copyright Compliance.

Help: See these instructions for how to upload a video into Canvas. Questions? Contact Canvas Help 502.632.3957.

4. Seek permission to stream unlicensed video

Ask the content creator or copyright holder for permission to stream the video for use in your course.  Abide by terms of the permission to use.

Open Access Streaming Video

International Monetary Fund

Videos by member countries of the IMF