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Finding Online Streaming Videos

Copyright & Fair Use at IU

Copyright and Fair Use for Academic Instruction

Copyright Services Indiana University

Fair Use is but one of the limitations and exceptions outlined in the Copyright Law, but it is probably one of the most important.  Fair Use is defined in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law. 

What is Streaming Video?

Streaming video is a means of delivering video content to computer desktops via an Internet connection. A host (server) delivers the file to the receiving computer (client).   Settings at the host’s end determine whether access is available to multiple simultaneous users or limited to a single user.  Unlike video downloads which must transfer to the viewer’s desktop, streamed video plays almost immediately after the viewer hits the “play” button; some content must buffer before streaming begins.  Streaming video also differs from video downloads in that no copy of the file is stored on the end-user’s computer, so files remain relatively secure. Streaming video requires a robust, high-speed internet connection.  Dial-up connections generally are too slow to adequately deliver streaming videos.

Public Performance

All of the databases listed here include public performance rights.  Subsequently, films produced before 1923 may be held in public domain. 

Feel free to download Swank's brochure, "Film & Video Copyright Infringement: What Your College or University Needs to Know About the Public Performance of Movies.