Film works are protected for the life of the principal crew (director, author of screenplay, composer of music), plus 70 years. This term also applies to videos published online. Broadcasts (television, radio, etc.) are protected for 50 years following the date of broadcast. Following this period, works fall into the public domain – because of the length of the protected term, and that film is a modern medium, very few films are in the public domain in the UK.
Their use in teaching is permitted by s.34 of the CDPA, so long as your use can be said to be Fair Dealing. Additionally, the film must be a lawfully acquired copy, such as a DVD you own or have borrowed from the Library or one of the Library’s streaming services, and the screening must take place on AUB premises to an audience consisting entirely of AUB students and staff only.
AUB holds a licence from the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) which allows the recording of live television and radio broadcasts (including broadcast feature films) to be used for educational purposes. In practice, this is done through BoB National (Box of Broadcasts). BoB can only be accessed by students in the UK.
The Library subscribes to several services that provide a source of film and video that can be used for educational purposes, including BoB National and Kanopy.
Events and screenings, such as film club showings, which are not for the purpose of course teaching at the university and may be open to external participants, will need a Filmbank licence, whether or not you are charging for admission. The Library does not administer or pay for these licences.
It is illegal under UK copyright law to format shift media, such as converting a DVD to an mp4 file to play on a computer or upload to a course blog.