Answered By: Valerie Weis
Last Updated: May 14, 2020     Views: 56

HKS student groups interested in showing films movies as part of an event can show films found in Harvard University's Kanopy video streaming subscription. Flms found in Kanopy include public performance rights, which means that Harvard student groups can stream videos from this collection to a public audience without any additional payment or permission from the copyright holder. 

Films accessed through other Harvard subscriptions and DVD rentals will likely not include public performance rights.

For information about showing films from DVDs or other video collections either in class and outside of class, Harvard's Office of General Counsel has posted FAQs under the copyright & privacy section.  HKS affiliates can also contact Valerie Weis, Senior Research & Knowledge Services for questions about fair use and copyright law in higher education.

For information on finding Harvard-licensed streaming films, see our FAQ on our streaming film offerings.