WHAT IS A "PUBLIC
How many times have you see the FBI warning at
the beginning of a DVD movie. Next time you pop a DVD
into the player, read it closely. It states that the
movie is for "Home Use Only." Home Use means
just that: viewing of a movie at home by family or a close circle
WHAT THE LAW SAYS
Under the Copyright
Revision Act of 1976 all non-private exhibitors of
registered copyrighted videos or DVDs must obtain a Public
"Willful" infringement for commercial or financial gain
is a federal crime carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years
in jail and/or a $250,000 fine.
IF I DON'T CHARGE ADMISSION, DO I STILL NEED A LICENSE?
Yes. Copyright laws apply whether or not admission is
I OWN THE MOVIE. Do I STILL NEED A LICENSE TO SHOW IT
OUTSIDE OF MY HOME?
Yes. Neither the rental, purchase or lending of a
video or DVD carries with it the right to exhibit movies outside
IF WE ARE A NON-profit ORGANIZATION, CHURCH or GOVERNMENT
AGENCY. DO WE STILL NEED A LICENSE?
Yes. Copyright laws apply to all viewings
of movies that take place outside of the privacy of a home,
regardless of the organization holding the event.
ARE SCHOOLS EXEMPT FROM OBTAINING A LICENSE?
The Educational Exemption, also called the
"face-to-face teaching exemption," is a precise activity
which allows the legal use of movies in certain types of teaching.
In order for a movie to be considered an "Educational
Exemption," all criteria must be met:
A teacher or instructor is present.
The showing takes place in a classroom
setting with only the enrolled students attending.
The movie is used as an essential part of
the core, current curriculum being taught.
The movie being used is a legitimate copy,
not taped from a legitimate copy or taped from TV.
TO OBTAIN A PUBLIC LICENSE
Obtaining a public performance license is relatively easy .
Southern Outdoor Cinema can help you with this process, but you do
not pay us for the license.
The licensing companies determine fees by such factors as the
number of times a particular movie is going to be shown, how large
the audience will be and so forth. Most licensing fees are
based on a particular performance or set of performances for
specified films. The major firms that handle these licenses
Note: Criterion Pictures and Swank Motion
Pictures are not competitors, but represent different studios.
Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC)
Yearly site license for organizations with members
(Camps, YMCA, HOAs)
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