Using Third-Party Materials for Online Classes
We encourage instructors teaching online to work through the following considerations to make informed decisions about using third-party materials.
It is ultimately your decision whether to follow the terms you've agreed to or try to negotiate a different set of contractual terms.
If you ignore contractual terms, remember that there may be legal consequences. Reach out to the Office of General Counsel at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Do user’s rights apply?
Fair Use right allows the use of copyrighted materials. It is more likely to apply if instructors limit the amount of the third-party materials, the duration of the materials shown, and the size of the audience.
Can you switch to other zero-risk or low-risk options?
Try linking to the resources when possible, instead of sharing or streaming third-party materials.
Many vendors have also agreed to license their materials for free temporarily because of COVID-19.
See our guide on using video for information on streaming video specifically.