Q: How can I legally include scenes from movies or other media in a teaching course that I'm creating and selling?
This is a teaching course that is all my original material, but movie scenes and songs will be used as examples (this is a language course).
If you are using them consistently you would need a license.
You need to talk to an attorney.
The copyright law carves out a specific exception to copyright infringement for this kind of use in Section 110 of Title 17 of the US Code. See https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/110.
However, as with so many other issues, you would be wise to consult an attorney on the specifics of your plans before you implement them. Everything turns on the highly specific ways in which you will be gathering and using the material, whom you're getting them from and how, how much you are using, whether you're non-profit, whether instruction is face-to-face, and so on.
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