Q. Does the Library provide a Netflix/Hulu/iTunes/Amazon Prime/PBS/BBC/Disney+ subscription for students/faculty?

Does the Library provide a Netflix/Hulu/iTunes/Amazon Prime/PBS/BBC/Disney+ subscription for students/faculty?


Answer

Unfortunately, these consumer-based services do not have a mechanism for institutional subscriptions, so the Library is unable to provide access to them. The Library does, however, license eVideos (including feature films and documentaries) via multiple alternate services. You can find these resources by searching for Media in the library catalog, as you would a DVD or a book. (If you are off-campus, you will need to log in with your SDSUid and password.) Alternately, you may explore the databases individually at:  https://libguides.sdsu.edu/streamingmedia

Exceptions

Netflix does allow educational exceptions to their end-user licensing agreement for a small selection of documentaries they've produced.  Certain Netflix Original Documentaries bear a "Grant of Permission for Educational Screenings". These documentaries are the only content on Netflix that is expressly permitted to be shown in settings like a classroom or school club. An example of such documentary would be "Cuba and the Cameraman".

Any title without this Grant of Permission cannot be streamed in the classroom without violating Netflix's Terms of Service. This is a vast majority of the content on Netflix! While it may seem like you should be able to claim fair use when streaming content in the classroom, this is less of a copyright and more of a licensing issue, and Netflix reserves the right to enforce its license agreement that you agreed to when you signed up for your account.

PBS does allow educational use for a selection of their programing; however, that portion is limited to what is freely available off of their website: https://www.pbs.org/video/

 
  • Last Updated Aug 21, 2020
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  • Answered By Zoe Jarocki

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