Do I Need Public Performance Rights to show films?
Date: Saturday 05 May, 2007
Yes you will in some cases..see examples below. We are currently updating our PPRs and will soon post the PPRs required for each film on each film page.
Copyright Law - Videorecordings and Public Performance Rights
Showing a film to a group may require obtaining public performance rights. It is a public performance if ANY of the following are true:
* the screening is open to the public
* the screening is in a public space – access is not restricted
* persons attending are OUTSIDE the normal circle of a family and its acquaintances
Examples of public performances:
* showing a foreign-language film to the community for cultural enrichment
* showing a film to your club or organization
* instructor showing a film in the classroom for curriculum-related purposes, but inviting persons outside the class to attend
* instructor showing a film to the class for curriculum-related purposes, but in a public or unrestricted-access location
Examples of non-public performances:
* privately viewing the film in your room with friends
* instructor showing the film to officially registered students in a classroom, where content of film directly relates to course.