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Trial Databases: Kanopy Streaming Video

Kanopy Streaming Video

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Kanopy Streaming offers a variety of documentary and feature films from an array of producers and distributors including BBC Active, California Newsreel, Checkerboard Films, Criterion Collection/Janus films, Documentary Educational Resources, First Run Features, Green Planet Films, Kino Lorber Edu, Media Education Foundation, National Film Board of Canada, PBS,, and the DEFA Film Library's (East) German Film Collection.

All videos work on PCs with Flash, iPads, iPhones, and mobile devices. To facilitate teaching, they can be projected in lecture halls, embedded in authenticated web pages, and watched off-campus with unlimited simultaneous viewers. Users can also create Playlists and make clips.


Kanopy offers a patron-driven acquisition model for their streaming videos.  On the 4th use of a video, a one-year license (including performance rights) is purchased for $150.