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Streaming Video

This guide provides resources for finding and using streaming video material, from both the Oviatt Library and around the web.

Video Purchase Recommendations

Do you have a video recommendation for the Library? Submit a Video Request/Reserve Form for both streaming and physical (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS) video requests.

Embed Video into Moodle

Have you found a video that you would like to have your students watch in Moodle? See the Library’s Embed or Stream Video page for information on streaming and embedding from the CSUN video databases.

University Video Network (UVN)

Instructors may also use UVN to deliver video to specially-equipped classrooms throughout the CSUN campus. For more information regarding UVN, including how to book videos for UVN playback, see the University Video Network (UVN) services page.

Public Performance Rights (PPR)

What are PPR?

Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to publicly show a film. While copyright law makes an exception for showing films in the classroom, showing them for a public audience, with or without an admission charge, may be a violation of copyright.

When are PPR needed?

PPR are required for:

  • Screenings open to the public
  • Screenings in a public space where access is not restricted to registered students in a course
  • Screenings for a class, but inviting others (non-registered students to the class) to attend

PPR are not required for:

  • Showing a film in the classroom (by students and instructors) as part of face-to-face teaching activities

Do the films in the Oviatt Library include PPR?

Some have PPR included. If there is a film title you are interested in finding out if the library’s copy has PPR, you may contact Lindsay Hansen, Music & Media Librarian.

Media Reserves

Instructors may place physical videos on reserve in the library's Music & Media department where students may use media materials at viewing and listening stations. For more information, see the Music & Media Reserves page.

FAQs

Q: Can I show a DVD in class that I borrowed from the Library?
A: Yes! Section 110(1) of US Copyright law grants a specific exemption for the showing of a movie by instructors within a face-to-face class, provided that the movie has an instructional purpose related to the course and it's only being shown to students enrolled in the course.

Q: Can the library add captions to a video for me?
The library does not provide captioning services, however, campus units such as NCOD (National Center on Deafness) do. Visit the Universal Design Center's Captioning page for more information regarding captioning resources and services.

Q: Can I show my class a film via my personal streaming account (i.e. Netflix, Amazon)?
A: It depends - this may be a violation of your contract with the content provider. Services such as these are often restricted to personal and non-commercial use only, so double-check your license agreement before proceeding.

Q: I'm teaching an online-only course, how can I show a film to my class?
A: Submit a Video Request/Reserve Form to see if the library may purchase a streaming license. Instructors may also ask students to purchase the film via a subscription service such as Netflix or Amazon.

Q: Can the library transfer a VHS to a DVD to streaming for me?
A: No. Copyright law doesn't allow the transfer of formats without permission of the copyright holder, and the library does not offer reformatting services.

Q: There's a YouTube video I want my students to watch, can I post a link to it in Moodle?
A: It is recommended that you verify the content has been uploaded to YouTube legally before doing so. This can be done by looking for rights and license statements accompanying the video, or by examining the YouTube user’s profile. While it’s easy to find content on YouTube, it is important to note that some may have been uploaded without the copyright owner's consent - and these can be taken down without notice.