Public Performance Rights and the Western Libraries Video Collection
Videos purchased by or donated to Western Libraries typically do not include public performace rights. These videos are intended for personal home use only except as noted in Section 110(1) of U.S. Copyright Act which provides for classroom and other instructional use. In all other instances Public Performance Rights are required even if no admission is charged or donations accepted.
If your intention is to provide a public viewing of any film owned by Western Libraries you must pay for public performance rights. Tracking down exactly who may grant public performance rights can be difficult and time consuming. Three of the largest grantors of these rights are Swank, Criterion, and New Yorker Films. North American distributors or the video vendor may be able to assist in pursuing public performance rights. Non-compliance with The Copyright Act is considered infringement that carries federal and civil penalties of up to $150,000 per exhibition.
- Motion Picture Licensing Corporation - For further information about Public Performance Rights visit this web site.
- Video Licensing FAQ - From the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
- Swank Motion Pictures: College Campus Movies -Swank Motion Pictures has a licensing program specifically for universities and colleges. Lots of good information at this site.