Teachers usually must follow a set procedure to show videos, whether made or rented, to students. At my school, we must get the assistant principal for curriculum to approve any video we want to show students. The video can not be rated R. We are required to show how the video correlates to the benchmarks being covered in class.
I was under the understanding that a teacher can show a video in the classroom, whether owned or rented, if it directly pertained to instruction. Is this correct?
I never knew that showing videos in the classroom was a copyright issue. I can remember watching movies all throughout my school years and I never thought twice about showing the movie to my classes now. I now realize that you must have a license to be able to show the entire movie in a classroom setting. I find it hard to just stop showing movies that go along with the curriculum. I also think that it would be hard to convince teachers in the school to stop showing movies. This is a tough issue!
This is an interesting issue. I can't imagine teaching Macbeth to my low level students without showing the movie version. After we read an act, I show the students the same act in the video. I know there are copyright issues, but I also know there are stipulations for educators. I am interested to know the copyright law for this issue.
I have been looking at this issue also and the idea of obtaining public performance rights so that it is okay to show copyrighted materials in class for education and rewards. I also think it is interesting to ponder the idea of showing movies on buses for entertainment on long trips or weather or not it is okay if you are transporting several students in your personal vehicle can you show a movie??
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