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Hudson Streaming Guidelines

Streaming Services and our Swank Movie Licensing USA Agreement

With the rise of streaming services, it’s important to remember that educational use does not transcend the contract you signed for your personal subscription. The following information will shed light on the situation and answer some questions you may have regarding streaming content in the classroom.


If it’s educational and on Netflix, can I stream it in the classroom?

Short answer: No

Except: The titles listed as Netflix Original documentaries which do grant permission for classroom use or it’s part of our Swank Movie Licensing USA Agreement. You can find the list on Netflix’s site below and the site to search for content through our movie licensing agreement is also linked below.

Educational Screening of Documentaries via Netflix - Link


Long answer: The Netflix End User License Agreement, which you agreed to when you created an account, specifies that the account is "only for your personal, non-commercial use." Netflix is not alone here; Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other personal streaming vendors do not grant rights for institutional or educational use.

This is important because licenses overrule copyright exemptions. Showing your personal DVD during class is covered by a specific copyright exemption (Section 110), and showing clips can be covered by fair use (Section 107). However, streaming videos from personal subscription vendors in your classroom when the license prohibits such viewings? There is no copyright exemption for that and the situation is problematic.

Showing Netflix in the classroom - Link


As a district, we currently have a public performance license per building that enables you to show certain content via any format (streaming, DVD, etc.).

Information about our public performance license to show certain content - Video Link & Copyright Link

Swank Movie Licensing USA: Covers only certain content that can be searched here - Link

What Can You Stream?

We have multiple avenues to maintain the ability to stream:

  1. Check Netflix’s Original Documentary List - Link
  2. Check Swank Movie Licensing USA site for content covered under our subscription for you to show via any format (DVD, streaming subscriptions like Netflix, Disney+, etc.). Link
  3. Stream directly from Swank K-12 Streaming Platform. All of these titles are covered under copyright. Thank you for previewing any content first for age-appropriateness. 
  4. Utilize the various options below that provide excellent streaming content for the classroom.
Sources for Streaming Video 
2022-23 Swank Movie Licenses Now Available - WSPTA
All of these titles are covered under our K-12 streaming copyright license and you can now stream directly from their platform or even assign films and documentaries to students. You may need to request titles, which are approved at a district level based on license availability. If a movie you're looking for is not on this list, feel free to reach out to Kristin Dages at to assist in securing permission for classroom or large group educational viewing. 
PBS Videos


PBS LearningMedia- Instant access to tens of thousands of FREE classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans.
INFOhio Digital Collection- Over 2,000 digital videos available at no cost to Ohio schools. All videos are tied to OHIO Academic Content Standards. If prompted for a password- contact your building Media Specialist.



Teacher Tube- An online community for sharing instructional videos. Teacher Tube provides you with the opportunity to watch videos, download videos and post your own videos. Choose from almost 50,000 teacher produced videos.



National Science Foundation Multimedia Gallery- Images, video, and audio from the National Science Foundation.



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See your building Media Specialist for login information or if you have any issues accessing these resources. 

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Additional Copyright Source Used:

Ochtera, Tabitha. “Streaming Databases: Netflix.” LibGuides, 25 Jan. 2019, CC with attribution. Accessed 28 Jan. 2019.