I've been trying to research how digital media can be lawfully utilized for online, distance-learning courses. The specific use case here would not be a MOOC or anything massive, but an online course offered to homeschooled students that probably would have less than 20-30 signups per semester. The sourced videos would include items such as this one:
Current American guidelines suggest that it is perfectly OK to offer this video in-person in a physical classroom:
- Classroom Use of Videos Public performances of a video/DVD in the face-to-face classroom is an exception to the public performance right §110 (1) and therefore lawful. The following conditions apply:
- The teaching activities are conducted by a non-profit education institution
- The performance is in connection with face-to-face teaching activities.
- The performance takes place in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction.
- The person responsible for the performance has no reason to believe that the videotape was unlawfully made.
However, I am unable to find current and accurate guidelines that would apply to online courses in a similar manner. At the current time this means that we are restricting our course videos to items that can be obtained reasonably on Amazon, Netflix, iTunes and so forth - however, this is so piecemeal that it becomes a real pain to attempt to track and maintain locations, prices, availability, and so on for the relevant videos.
Is there any legal path for a purchased educational DVD such as the above to be made available online for a strictly limited educational audience in a distance learning context?