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Copyright @ NSCC

Copyright information for NSCC faculty, staff and students.


Videos and Music

  • it is for educational purposes
  • On the premises of the educational institution (including an online classroom)
  • it is a legally acquired copy
  • the audience is primarily students or instructors
  • must be not-for-profit

A Legally Acquired Copy

  • Purchased
  • Borrowed from the library
  • Rented
  • Licenced content -- e.g. NSCC Streaming Video databases
  • YouTube videos -- posted by or with consent from the copyright owner
  • Open Source

You cannot:

  • make a copy of an audiovisual work and show it, or
  • show subscription based content (i.e. Netflix, Amazon Prime) if the terms of use statement in the license agreement limits access to personal use.

Copyright Act RSC 1985, c-42, s 29.5

Music for Public Events

For information about playing music please read the information on the SOCAN and Re:Sound tab.

Films for Entertainment

For social, fundraiser, or non-educational events, a public performance rights licence is required to show films. 

  • Criterion -- NSCC has a public performance license for Criterion movies.
  • Audio Cine Films provides various licencing options such as one-time screening, annual performance, etc.  Please contact your Campus Library if you would like more information.     

Streaming Video

NSCC has licensed access to high quality streaming video collections. Faculty, staff and students can access these collections through the library website.

Section 29.21  Non-commercial User-generated Content
Sometimes referred to as the mash-up provision.

  • Allows using copyright protected content to make new content.

This users right is available to everyone and is not restricted to education use or purposes.

It does have a few conditions:

  • Non-commercial purpose
  • Include credit to the original work 
  • The work or subject matter used does not infringe copyright
  • No adverse effect on the original

What does this mean?

If you create a video of student events at a campus and want to use some background music in your video you can as long as:

  • The copy of the music used is not an infringing copy,
  • you give credit for the use of the song; include a credit page at the end of the video that credits the performer, songwriter and publisher,
  • your work will not compete with or affect the sales of the original work,
  • you are not going to sell the video or use the video to sell a product (non-commercial).

Play  away ...

You can play analog radio signals (i.e. AM or FM signals) without additional licenses.
Note: this does not include streaming services.

For information about playing recorded music, streaming music, or live music, and whether a license is required go to the section on SOCAN and Re:Sound in this guide.

Movie Screenings

Showing films for entertainment purposes (this includes libraries and educational institutions) requires a public performance license.

Criterion -- NSCC has a public performance license for Criterion movies. Search the collection.

You must purchase public performance rights to show a movie for entertainment purposes from other film distributors.


The SOCAN and Re:Sound tab  in this guide contains Information about the licenses required  to play music for noneducational purposes and events that are open to the public. Having the appropriate licenses in place is a compulsory requirement.

Entandem / One Submission,  Two Licences, One Payment

Entandem is a joint venture between RE:SOUND and SOCAN. The organization was created to simplify the licensing process. Using Entandem, you'll receive both RE:SOUND and SOCAN licenses, with a single payment, with one organization.

Visit the Entandem website for more information.


Re:Sound. (2014). Why get a license to play music in your business? [video]. YouTube. Retrieved from

Netflix - Personal Use

Your Netflix account is for your personal use. When you sign up for an account you must agree to Netflix's terms of use.
Section 4.2. of the Netflix Terms of Use contract states: The Netflix service and any content viewed through the service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.

Netflix - Educational Screenings of Documentaries Exception

Some documentaries (check the license terms) on Netflix are available for one-time educational screenings.
Follow these steps to determine if a documentary has an educational viewing exception.

  • Go to the "Only On Netflix" section of
  • Sort the film list by Category to view documentary film titles.
  • Select a documentary film and click through to view the details about the film.
  • Look for a permission statement on the details page for the film.
  • The conditions for the education viewing exception will be outlined in the permission statement.
  • NO permission statement: the film's licensing does not include educational viewing.

Example of a Permission Statement


Netflix is proud to present original documentaries that speak to our users in a meaningful way. We know that many of you are as excited about these films as we are; and because of their informational aspects, you’d like to show them in an educational setting -- e.g., in the classroom, at the next meeting of your community group, with your book club, etc. Consequently, we will permit one-time educational screenings of any of the documentaries noted with this information, on the following terms:

  • The documentary may only be accessed via the Netflix service, by a Netflix account holder. We don’t sell DVDs, nor can we provide other ways for you to exhibit the film.
  • The screening must be non-profit and non-commercial. That means you can’t charge admission, or solicit donations, or accept advertising or commercial sponsorships in connection with the screening.
  • Please don’t use Netflix’s logos in any promotion for the screening, or do anything else that indicates that the screening is “official” or endorsed by Netflix.

We trust our users to respect these guidelines, which are intended to help you share and discuss our documentary content in your community.

To the extent your institution requires you to demonstrate that your have a license for your screening, please show them this page.


Netflix documentary films with an Educational Screening License:
(List current to September 2020, Alphabetized order as listed in Netflix)

Athlete A

  • 13th
  • Abstract: The Art of Design
  • American Factory
  • Audrie & Daisy
  • Bobby Kennedy for President
  • City of Joy
  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
  • Cuba and the Cameraman
  • Dirty Money
  • End Game
  • Extremis
  • Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
  • Follow This
  • Grass is Greener
  • Heroin(e)
  • Icarus
  • Into the Inferno
  • Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
  • Knock Down the House
  • Life Overtakes Me
  • Living Undocumented
  • Mercury 13
  • My Beautiful Broken Brain
  • Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press
  • One of Us
  • Our Planet
  • Period. End of Sentence
  • Recovery Boys
  • Resurface
  • Reversing Roe
  • Rotten
  • Saving Capitalism
  • Seeing Allred
  • Strong Island
  • Take Your Pills
  • The Bleeding Edge
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
  • The Great Hack
  • Immigration Nation
  • The Innocence Files
  • The Ivory Game
  • The Pharmacist
  • The Social Dilemma
  • The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
  • The White Helmets
  • They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom