The Netflix No-No

Many of you have subscribed to Netflix which has allowed you to take advantage of the thousands of movies and tv shows they provide via DVD or the Watch Instantly feature online. I also have a Netflix account and love the service.

Recently I have gotten several requests to get the Netflix Watch Instantly feature to work at school. Unfortunately, I have to tell those who request this that we cannot do this.

Why Not?

According to the Netflix user agreement on their website, presenting any Netflix service to a classroom of students is against the usage agreement. Below is an excerpt from the user agreement.

 Unless otherwise specified, the Netflix service, and any content viewed through our service, are for your personal and non-commercial use only and we grant you a limited, non exclusive, non transferable, license to access the Netflix service for that purpose. Except for the foregoing limited license, no right, title or interest shall be transferred to you. You may not download (other than through page caching necessary for personal use, or as otherwise expressly permitted by these Terms of Use), modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, duplicate, publish, license, create derivative works from, or offer for sale any information contained on, or obtained from or through, the Netflix website

There’s a lot in there but translation shows that it would be a breach of your user agreement if you use your Netflix account at school.

I even called Netflix to double-check that I was interpreting this correct. Unfortunately I have interpreted the agreement accurately. The Netflix employee was very friendly and understood that it would be a great opportunity for our students to have access to their library of videos, but unfortunately their agreement is for personal use only and presentation of Netflix movies in a classroom environment constitutes a public presentation of copyrighted materials.

This means that Netflix is not for school use.

Please take this into consideration if you have a Netflix account and make sure you are in compliance of your user agreement and not putting the district at risk of being in copyright violation.



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