Trying to find the perfect video or film to show?
Video found on the internet can have the same copyright protection as a film being shown in a cinema. Copying, reusing or distributing this material will infringe copyright unless the copyright owner has given you their express permission, however, getting this permission can be difficult. A list of websites has been compiled which provides ‘copyright friendly’ videos, but please remember to check the specific terms and condition of each. Always remember to credit the material unless specified otherwise.
- BFI online – film clips cannot be downloaded due to copyright reasons however, they can be ‘streamed’. Please refer to the BFI registration help. Loughborough University has an institutional registration with BFI.
- Black and White Movies – Provides access to old movies where either the copyright has expired or they have been shared legally.
- BUFVC -British Universities Film and Video Council. Click here to search their database.
- Creative Commons Search – Use Creative Commons (CC) to search for videos with CC licences on YouTube. To learn more about Creative Commons Licences please click here.
- EU Screen – this database provides free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. It allows you to explore selected content from the early 1900s to the present. Please do not copy the content but instead provide a link to the website.
- Moving Image Archive – free movies films and videos which are in the public domain (copyright expired) or available on a Creative Commons Licence.
- Nasa eClips – short educational videos on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Vimeo – wide selection of creative videos individually licensed using Creative Commons.
ERA+ and Open University Licences
The University also subscribes to licences from the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and Open University. The ERA+ licence covers its members to record broadcasts from all BBC channels (but excludes Open University broadcasts on television and radio), ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, and S4C. It also includes all digital TV and radio channels operated by these companies. Click here to find out more about the ERA+ licence.
Prepared to Pay?
Popup Cinema – provides you with a licence to screen any of their films in an education setting for £100 per film. They have an award winning catalogue of films and documentaries. Please check your host venue has a PRS and/or PPL licence.
Please note that the external website links have been compiled to help you highlight the range of websites available but are not endorsed by the University.
For more information please contact the University Copyright Advisor or phone 01509 222351.
Updated 04/11/16 by Charlotte Greasley
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