Important Changes to Video in CourseMedia

Important Changes to Video in CourseMedia

Due to significant concerns regarding compliance with copyright law, the Offices of the Provost and General Counsel have advised the Libraries and the Office of Teaching and Learning to cease converting CourseMedia Screenshotanalog DVD, BlueRay, VHS, etc. to streaming files except in very limited circumstances, beginning in the Fall Quarter of 2018. If you have new titles you’d like streamed for Fall, please submit them as soon as possible to

If you have used CourseMedia in recent quarters, you may have noticed a new copyright acknowledgement statement that appears here, and also when videos are presented to students in Canvas. This language was developed by the University Libraries in consultation with the Offices of the Provost and General Counsel. In addition, heavy users of the service have engaged in conversations in recent quarters regarding the need to cease this practice, and we have also been communicating with the Library Liaison Advisory Group. These conversations have proved invaluable.

At this time, this change applies only to video, not audio or still images, and regards only the conversion of new titles. Videos already available in CourseMedia will not be removed immediately, but will be evaluated for copyright compliance during the Fall quarter. If there are titles already available in CourseMedia you plan to use in future quarters, please contact your library liaison as soon as possible: We provide access to over 250,000 videos through over a dozen licensed platforms, and will attempt to provide your title in the same manner. If we cannot, we will likely need to delete most of the films in CourseMedia at a future date, but hope to work closely with you before that happens. Visit the Guide to Using Media in Courses for more information on using media in courses.

We recognize this change will be disruptive to many faculty members. We are collectively committed to providing faculty with the streaming video resources needed to teach their courses, but must do so in a manner that is compliant with current copyright legislation.

If you have questions related to legal matters, please contact the Office of General Counsel ( or the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer’s Intellectual Property Manager, CeCe Ging (

Questions related to resource availability for your courses can be directed to your library liaison:


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