Streaming films

Information about video streaming on campus.


During the current pandemic, most teaching on campus has moved to teaching online. 

One of the challenges identified is how to show films to students. Previously, it was absolutely fine to show a film/DVD owned by the university to students in a lecture theatre.

At the moment, the same rules that are applied to the classroom can be applied to the VLE (Blackboard). We would be relying on Section 34 of the CDPA, which relates to performing, playing or showing work in the course of activities of an educational establishment.

If possible, the best practice is to use content via a service that we subscribe to (e.g. Box of Broadcasts).

You should make sure that:

  • screening is limited to teaching staff and students registered on a particular module only,
  • the film is only be shown for the purpose of instruction,
  • screenings are scheduled for a defined time or times (preferably a maximum of two screenings per film to reach students in different time zones where necessary),
  • the platform used is a closed loop, password-protected, e.g. Blackboard,
  • only legally acquired films are being shown, preferably one in the Library’s collection but using one of your own DVDs is ok if that’s not possible,
  • students/staff are aware that they are seeing the film as a result of their course and that the film should not be recorded while it’s being streamed and must not be posted elsewhere on the internet.

Short excerpts of DVDs/films can also be used for teaching under Section 32 (Illustration for instruction) of the CDPA, providing it is accompanied by sufficient acknowledgement and meets fair dealing criteria.

As mentioned before, best practice is to use content via a service that we subscribe to (e.g. Box of Broadcasts).

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