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ESC Copyright Information Website: Educational Use
The "educational use" exemption allows for the display and performance of copyrighted works in a face-to-face classroom setting.
What does Educational Use allow?
student performances of songs, poems, scenes from plays, etc.
performances of songs, poems, plays, etc. for students.
displaying images on a screen.
playing music, movies, documentaries, television shows and other audio and audiovisual recordings; there is no length limit, but it does have to occur during class time.
Educational Use Requirements
must be in a face-to-face classroom setting in an accredited, nonprofit educational institution
limited to performance and display; and does not allow for copying or distributing copies
must be for purely educational purposes; the exemption doesn't apply to extracurricular activities, teacher training, conferences, etc.
copies must be legally obtained, i.e., purchased, borrowed or rented; taped/recorded by DVR at home if there is no way to purchase, borrow or rent in time to use in class (discard or delete copy after use).
Educational Use Restrictions
does not apply online, even behind a password
does not allow for making multiple copies or handouts of any kind.