Public Performance Rights

Public Performance Rights

  • Public performance is the public screening of a video or film on an educational campus outside the home where non-family members gathered, i.e. clubs, classes, or organizations in the school, library, auditorium, etc.
     
  • If a movie or video comes with public performance rights, it can be shown in a public setting on an educational campus.
     
  • Movie licenses may be home use only (cheaper with no public performance rights), with institutional license (more expensive but with public performance rights for a non-paying audience, or library license (limited within library systems and for patrons only).  If the movie or video does not come with public performance rights or is not in the public domain, it is for home use only.
     
  • Home use means in a private secluded setting with family and social acquaintances.
     
  • The face-to-face teaching exemption allows the use of home use only videos as long it is part of a teaching activity rather than for entertainment of recreation. 

Recourses for this page found at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Sights and Sounds Department Collection and State Library Resources

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