Kanopy Access Changes

Kanopy logoEffective February 1, 2020, Cowles Library will begin mediating requests for streaming films on the Kanopy platform, and priority will be given to films requested for course use. This is a change from the more direct click-and-play access model the library has used since adopting Kanopy in fall 2017.

The model will continue to allow click-and-play access to already-licensed films until their license expiration date, and will allow new licensing requests only for course-related films.

A Difficult Decision

Increasing costs of the service led to our decision to adopt this new model. Knowing how popular this service is with our faculty and students, we struggled with this decision. We understand that click-and-play access is more convenient than mediated requests, and we do not enjoy placing restrictions on popular resources. The service’s growing popularity, however, has nearly doubled our annual expenditure for Kanopy films in the last year.

Kanopy’s Pricing Model

Unlike familiar streaming video platforms like Netflix and Hulu, which use a flat-rate subscription fee, Kanopy’s business model is based on the number of views per title, and four views of any film results in a charge to Cowles Library of $150 for a one-year license. This model is, unfortunately, unsustainable for the library as Kanopy becomes more popular and annual costs become unpredictable.

Many other libraries that use Kanopy are struggling with this same issue, as this Film Quarterly article illustrates.

Requesting Films

  • If you have used a Kanopy film for a course and are concerned about the license expiration, contact the library at acquisitions@drake.edu.
  • If you find an unlicensed Kanopy film you would like to use for a course, complete the request form on the Kanopy website as early as possible. In the message area, please let us know when you intend to use the film. The request form looks like this:
Example of the Kanopy request form
  • If you intend to use a film for a course, but it does not need to be streamed (e.g., you’ll show it in class vs. having students watch it on their own), contact the library at acquisitions@drake.edu to see if we can find a DVD or Blu-ray version that may be less expensive.

Kanopy License Expirations

Here is a list of Kanopy films the library has licensed, as of December 15, 2019, and their expiration dates.

Film Title Expires
8 1/2 5/1/2020
1910’s 3/1/2020
A Ghost Story 11/1/2020
A Man Called Ove – En Man Som Heter Ove 1/1/2020
À nos amours 6/1/2020
A Star Is Born 10/31/2020
A Thousand Midnights – The Great Migration 11/1/2020
Abortion: Stories Women Tell – A Thought-Provoking Look at the Issue of Abortion Today 11/1/2020
Abrazos – Children of Undocumented Parents 4/1/2020
abUSed: The Postville Raid 3/1/2020
Adlerian Play Therapy – With Terry Kottman 6/30/2020
Adlerian Therapy – With Jon Carlson 10/1/2020
Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse 7/31/2020
Aimee’s Crossing – Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System 4/1/2020
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch – How Humans Have Impacted the Planet 12/31/2020
ARTS: Possibilities, Disabilities & The Arts 10/31/2020
As You Like It 5/1/2020
Ash is Purest White – Jiang hu er nü 12/31/2020
Autism in America 10/31/2020
Awakening 3/1/2020
Babakiueria 4/1/2020
Becoming a Therapist 11/30/2020
Beyond The Lights 6/1/2020
Birth Of A Movement – The Fight to Ban a Controversial Film 10/1/2020
Boy 11/1/2020
Captain Fantastic 11/1/2020
Chico & Rita 3/1/2020
Chinese Take-Away – Un Cuento Chino 6/30/2020
City Lights 11/1/2020
Cleo From 5 to 7 7/31/2020
Color Adjustment – A History of African American Portrayal on Television 4/1/2020
Concerning Violence – Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense 3/1/2020
Connected by Coffee – Latin American Coffee Farmers 5/1/2020
Connecting Rooms 6/30/2020
Consuming Kids – The Commercialization of Childhood 3/1/2020
Delicate Balance – Three Stories Exploring Globalization 9/1/2020
Design is One – The Story of Lella and Massimo Vignelli 5/1/2020
Detainment 11/30/2020
Dial M for Murder 12/31/2020
Digital Disconnect – Fake News, Privacy and Democracy (playlist) 4/1/2020
Divided States of America: Part 1 6/1/2020
Dogtooth – Kynodontas 3/1/2020
Don’t Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare 4/1/2020
Donnie Darko 5/1/2020
Down Syndrome 3/1/2020
Echo In The Canyon 11/1/2020
Eighth Grade 7/31/2020
El Bola 6/1/2020
Ethnic Notions – African American Stereotypes and Prejudice 4/1/2020
Eye in the Sky 11/30/2020
F for Fake 11/1/2020
Factory Farms 3/1/2020
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary – The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants 6/1/2020
February One – The 1960 Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-ins 11/30/2020
First Person Plural 10/1/2020
Five Obstructions 11/30/2020
Gestalt Therapy with Children – With Violet Oaklander 6/30/2020
Giota’s Journey – Living with Cerebral Palsy 11/1/2020
Grey Gardens 3/1/2020
Guangzhou Dream Factory – The African Community in Guangzhou, China 11/30/2020
Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway 11/30/2020
Hannah Arendt 4/1/2020
Helium 4/1/2020
Helvetica – Typography, Graphic Design and Global Visual Culture 7/31/2020
Hereditary 9/1/2020
His Girl Friday 7/31/2020
Hoop Dreams 6/1/2020
How Difficult Can This Be? F.A.T. City – A Learning Disabilities Workshop 10/31/2020
I Am Big Bird – The Life and Career of Puppet Performer Caroll Spinney 10/1/2020
I Am Not Your Negro – James Baldwin and Race in America 6/30/2020
I Married a Witch 10/1/2020
Iceman – Der Mann aus dem Eis 10/31/2020
Including Samuel – Inclusion of Children with Disabilities (playlist) 10/1/2020
Invisible Persuaders 7/31/2020
Irvin Yalom: Live Case Consultation 11/1/2020
Ixcanul 5/1/2020
Julius Caesar 3/1/2020
Ken Burns: The Central Park Five 11/30/2020
La Jetée 9/1/2020
La Notte 1/1/2020
Lady Bird 1/1/2020
Latinos Beyond Reel – Challenging a Media Stereotype (playlist) 10/31/2020
L’avventura 1/1/2020
Leaving Neverland Part 1 6/1/2020
Leaving Neverland Part 2 6/1/2020
Machuca 5/1/2020
Mardi Gras: Made in China – Globalization Gone Wild 4/1/2020
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present 4/1/2020
Mayan Renaissance – The Untold Story of the Maya (playlist) 4/1/2020
Memento 4/1/2020
Metropolis 11/30/2020
Mickey Mouse Monopoly – Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power 10/31/2020
Miss Representation 2/1/2020
Miss You Can Do It – A Pageant for Girls with Special Needs 10/31/2020
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like – A Retrospective of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 6/30/2020
Moonlight 2/1/2020
Mother Tongue – A Mayan Community re-tells its History in Ixil 5/1/2020
Mr. Hublot 2/1/2020
Nameless Gangster 2/1/2020
Obit. – The New York Times Obituary Writers 11/1/2020
Obvious Child 11/30/2020
Oldboy 3/1/2020
Paris, Texas 3/1/2020
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies – Part I 11/1/2020
Persona 10/1/2020
Race – The Power of an Illusion (playlist) 1/1/2020
Rashomon 1/1/2020
Reel Injun – On the Trail of the Hollywood “Indian” 3/1/2020
Renacimiento de los Mayas (Spanish version of Mayan Renaissance) 3/1/2020
Room 5/1/2020
Sentenced Home – The Deportation of Cambodian Americans 11/30/2020
Seven Samurai (playlist) 6/1/2020
Show Me Democracy – Student Activism Amidst the Uprising in Ferguson 11/30/2020
Skin 10/31/2020
Solution-Focused Child Therapy – With John Murphy 7/31/2020
Speaking in Tongues – 4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World. 10/1/2020
Spectrum – A Story of the Mind – The Rich Sensory Experience of Autism 10/31/2020
Stash Short Film Festival: Comedy (playlist) 11/30/2020
Super Size Me – The Fast-Food Industry in America 10/31/2020
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! – Investigating the Fast-Food Industry 10/1/2020
Taking Root – The Vision of Environmentalist Wangari Maathai 5/1/2020
Tehran Taboo 6/1/2020
The 400 Blows – Les quatre cents coups 6/1/2020
The Battle of Algiers 10/31/2020
The Colors of The Mountain 5/1/2020
The Conformist 7/31/2020
The Disaster Artist 10/1/2020
The Exterminating Angel 1/1/2020
The Florida Project 3/1/2020
The Garden – Fighting for an LA Urban Garden 10/31/2020
The Girl Who Played with Fire 6/1/2020
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 6/1/2020
The Hole In the Ground 10/1/2020
The Inventor – Out for Blood in Silicon Valley 10/1/2020
The Killing of a Sacred Deer 6/1/2020
The Last Time I Saw Paris 7/31/2020
The Listening Project – Young Adults Living with Hearing Loss 11/1/2020
The Little Shop of Horrors 5/1/2020
The Mask You Live In 5/1/2020
The Mean World Syndrome – Media Violence & the Cultivation of Fear 4/1/2020
The Miseducation of Cameron Post 11/30/2020
The Prosecution 10/1/2020
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth  11/1/2020
The Roaring Twenties (playlist) 4/1/2020
The Seventh Seal 4/1/2020
The Spectacular Now 11/30/2020
The Third Murder – Sandome no satsujin 9/1/2020
The Way He Looks – Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho 11/30/2020
The Wild Pear Tree – Ahlat Agaci 11/1/2020
The Winter’s Tale 10/31/2020
Turn It Around – The Story of East Bay Punk 10/1/2020
Umbrellas of Cherbourg 6/1/2020
Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter) 7/31/2020
Urban Roots – Urban Gardens in Detroit 10/31/2020
Urbanized – The Issues and Strategies Behind Urban Design 10/31/2020
Walking Into The Unknown – Native Americans and the US Healthcare System 4/1/2020
We Need to Talk About Kevin 6/30/2020
Welcome to the Sticks – Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis 6/1/2020
What Is Democracy? – A Philosophical Journey Exploring Government 10/1/2020
What We Do In the Shadows 5/1/2020
When the Mountains Tremble – War and Revolution in Guatemala 11/30/2020
Who Cares About Kelsey? – Helping Students with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges Succeed (playlist) 10/1/2020
Winter Sleep 3/1/2020

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