Clearly we are not suggesting that a faith community steal, because the showing a home version of a film is not allowed in a public setting. We could make an argument that showing small clips in an educational program like VBS is considered "Fair Use." The University of Minnesota tool
can be utilized to help determine if your use of the copyrighted material is considered fair use. We have an easier route however.
An alternative is to consider the elegant and simple solution I have found that allows us to legally and ethically use copyrighted films in our VBS. Purchase license from CVLI
. For a modest annual fee your license provides permission to show thousands of films in your faith community. The parent company, CCLI has provided a licensing service to faith communities for music for many years, and they now provide a similar service for videos.
CVLI's service is great way to legally show copyrighted films and fully support the creative efforts of the copyright holders. It is most highly recommended.