Library Videos and Public Performance Rights
Public performance rights give users a license to show movies and films to the public and are part of the Copyright Law (Title 17 of the United States Code). Without these rights, it is illegal to show movies or films from the library outside of your home (or dorm room).
Do you need to obtain public performance rights (PPR) to show library videos?
Used with permission from Williams College
While the library does not have PPR for feature films, it has purchased the PPR to some of the educational videos we own. Here's how to check to see if the video you want to show has PPR:
Step 1 Search the library catalog for the title of the video.
Step 2 Open the tab that says "More Details".
Step 4 Visit the website listed to make sure the PPR includes the use you have in mind. PPR for universities does not usually allow showing a video for which admission is charged or for commercial purposes.
If the video you want to show to a group does not have PPR, you must obtain a license for each performance. The largest licensing company is Swank Motion Pictures (1-800-876-5577).
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