I am working on an online course on digital pedagogies for teachers. We have a small block on copyright and OER in the course. I wrote this message for the course but I am feeling unsure about it. Will really appreciate if I can get an expert’s advice on whether this message is legally sound. Since the copyright laws vary across nations, we need to ensure that the messages apply to all countries.
“A teacher can screen a video made by a private firm and available on youtube for her students in her classroom. She does not need to take permission for screening it because screening copyright video to a small group of students is not ‘public distribution’.”
I believe that this is totally fine under the ‘fair use’ clause but since many countries do not have the same exceptions, I am feeling unsure.