Netflix Is Not Alone
Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO GO and other personal streaming services do not grant rights for institutional or educational use.
Can I show Netflix content in my classroom?
No, you cannot.
This is important because in general a license agreement overrides the copyright exemptions.
Educational Screenings of Documentaries
Below are instructions from the Netflix website on educational screenings:
Some Netflix Original educational documentaries are available for one-time educational screenings.
To find out which titles are available for educational screenings, go to the "Only On Netflix" section of media.netflix.com. From here, navigate to "All Alphabetical".
Titles that are available for educational screening will display the following grant of permission on their details page:
Grant of Permission for Educational Screening
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, "one-time screening" means that you can't hold screenings several times in one day or one week - but if, for example, you're an educator who wants to show the film once a semester over multiple semesters, that's okay.
Educational screenings are permitted for any of the documentaries noted with this information, on the following terms:
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 you have a license for your screening, please show them this page.
Netflix Documentaries Available for Educational Screening: