How can I show a film on campus?


Copyrighted films are not automatically licensed for public performance (showing a film to a group of people in a public space).  In order to legally show a film in a public space, you must first establish if the film is licensed for public viewing. 

Obtaining the rights to publicly show a film (known as public performance rights or PPR) means that the film's copyright holder receives compensation beyond the purchase price the library or the individual paid for the film.

Use the table below to help guide you in determining if you need to obtain PPR.

Do I Need To Obtain Performance Rights?



if the screening is open to the public, such as showing a foreign-language film to the community for cultural enrichment                                                

if privately viewing the film in your room with friends

if the screening is in a public space where access is not restricted, such as an instructor showing a film to a class for curriculum-related purposes in a public or unrestricted-access location

if an instructor is showing the film to officially registered students in a classroom, where content of film directly relates to course*

if persons attending are outside the normal circle of family and acquaintances, such as showing a film to a club or organization, or showing a film for class but inviting others to attend

if the film is part of the following streaming UCC Library streaming film database: Films on Demand. Some films in Kanopy that are marked with a "PPR" tag), is accessed through the UCC network, and viewing is for the UCC community, and free of charge (no admission fee) 


* Section 110(1) of the Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code, provides an exemption for certain educational uses of video recordings. Specifically, it allows for "performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction."

Sections of this FAQ we adapted from Williams College Library, Colby College Libraries, & the Phoenix College Library.

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