December 13, 2018

Changes to Kanopy Streaming Service

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Stanford Libraries will be transitioning to a limited access model for Kanopy, a library of streaming videos covering a broad range of subjects in the arts and humanities, social sciences, education, business, film and theatre, effective December 15, 2018.  This change comes as a result of the increasing cost of the service, which have escalated significantly in the past year and is no longer sustainable. 

Kanopy's pricing model for libraries is based on number of views per-title.  Once a title has been viewed three times, Stanford Libraries is charged an annual licensing fee per title. A conservative estimate had Stanford costs expected to double in the next calendar year. With increasing costs of resources across the board, the Libraries could not continue to absorb the cost for the current level of Kanopy access. 

We understand and respect how increasingly popular streaming media has become as an instructional resource, which is why our modified service offering will prioritize the academic use of Kanopy. Access for individual viewing will unfortunately be interrupted. We regret having to make this change but we could not justify nor sustain the exorbitant costs.

Summary of changes

  • Beginning Winter Quarter 2019, the Libraries will only subscribe to a selection of the most-viewed films, such as those from Criterion, Janus, and A24.  
  • The Libraries will continue to accept faculty requests for film and video content assigned in courses. 
  • All Kanopy titles available to the Stanford community will be discoverable through SearchWorks.  Simply search for the title of interest and follow the link provided in the catalog record to view the streaming content.
  • General, non-course-related requests for titles discovered on the Kanopy website will not be acquired through subscriptions to streamed formats. Users are encouraged to explore our DVD and Blu-ray holdings in the Media & Microtext Center of Green Library.

For a complete list of streaming film/video vendors accessible to the Stanford community, please refer to the Library’s Streaming Media Page.