The University of Michigan Library Copyright Office provides help with copyright questions for University of Michigan faculty, staff and students. Please email us with questions or visit our website for more information.
The information presented here is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions pertaining to the University of Michigan, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.
If you require legal advice in your personal capacity, the lawyer referral services operated by the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan may be helpful to you.
University of Michigan instructors can share videos with their students by using MiVideo, which is integrated into Canvas. The Library Digital Films Service offers assistance streaming licensed films.
For more information on when you can use a particular video on a course website, please see our guide to Copyright and Course Websites.
University of Michigan policy allows instructors to make their own decisions about posting materials on course websites, such as Canvas sites. Often, those decisions involve legal questions about copyright. The guidelines below are meant to assist instructors in making these decisions.
In Canvas, MiVideo manifests as the Course Media Gallery, My Media (your personal media repository in your Canvas profile), and the Embed Media button in the rich text editor. On Canvas, you can manage the scope of access to videos, and you can edit, publish, and track your media in one place.
University units may also use MiVideo to host media in stand-alone websites. This product is called MediaSpace. In these cases, units are responsible for putting the appropriate restrictions in place.
For more information on MiVideo services, please see the MiVideo website.