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Copyright & Fair Use

This guide provides a general overview of copyright issues.

Streaming Video

Streaming video is content delivered to a computer via an internet connection.  Unlike video downloads, streaming video plays almost immediately after the viewer hits "play" and doesn't require a copy of the file to be downloaded or stored on the computer used for viewing.  YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and other content streaming services use the same techniques to stream videos.  Widener University subscribes to academic video services to assist students and instructors.  This guide will demonstrate the resources we provide and give advice for using free and pay-per-view options outside of the university subscriptions.

If you want a more in-depth description of streaming video, check out this HowStuffWorks article.


The streaming video services in this guide fall into three categories: subscription based, free, and pay-per-view.

The subscription services offered through Widener University are:

The last page in this guide includes best practices and frequently asked questions for using video in person and online.

Content for this guide was adapted from California State University, NorthridgeButler University, and Arizona State University.