Q. Can we show a Netflix film on campus as part of a screening activity?

Answer

Netflix is kind of tricky. The user agreement when you created your Netflix account prohibits showing movies in a public venue (it might be considered a contract violation). They will let you show some documentaries – See their list of rules for Educational Screenings of Documentaries.

However, if this is for the classroom there is a separate part of copyright law that lets teachers show video in class. You can show video:

  1. During face-to-face teaching
  2. When viewed in a classroom or other place of instruction
  3. With a lawfully made copy
  4. As a regular part of instruction and directly related to the content being taught


A public showing of a film, even at no cost, accessing it through your personal Netflix account may be in question. If you can shift the event to a closed, educational setting you would perhaps be more in compliance with U.S. Copyright law.

  • Last Updated Apr 23, 2021
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  • Answered By Karen Kiorpes

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