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Public Performance Rights (PPR)
Whether on VHS, CD-ROM, DVD, or other formats, films are subject to copyright protection. Videotaping and digitizing such protected work is against the copyright law. Media producers or distributors manage not only the copyright, but also Public Performance Rights (PPR), the legal rights to show a film to audiences.
- There is no need to pay for the public performance license if a professor is showing a film to officially registered students in a face-to-face classroom as long as the content of the film is directly related to the course. This exemption is explained in the Copyright Law of the United States of America: § 110. Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays
- Distributors of educational or documentary films typically sell their films with PPR (consequently, the hefty price tag!). In those cases, the library's catalog records for the particular films indicate “Includes Public Performance Rights” in the note field. For these films, paying for the public performance license is unnecessary.
- On the other hand, obtaining PPR is necessary for all other screenings of copyrighted films to audiences outside of the regular curriculum (e.g. extracurricular events, film series, and student club events). To obtain public performance rights, Swank Motion Pictures may be contacted.
Streaming Media Databases & PPR
Filmakers Library Online
This database provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum. It presents historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.
Terms and Conditions
"Audio and Video files are delivered to Customer and its Authorized Users via streaming service over the Internet. Customer and its Authorized Users shall not download or otherwise copy the streaming videos or audio contained in the Service. In the case of content that can potentially be publicly performed, Customer must secure permission from ProQuest’s Licensor and/or the copyright holder for any public performance other than reasonable classroom and educational uses."
Kanopy Streaming Films
Kanopy is a video streaming solution for colleges offering a broad selection of documentaries, feature films and training videos from producers all over the world.
Q & A: Kanopy & PPR
"Viewing films in a group forum is permitted for all films for classroom viewings and most films for non-classroom group settings as long as the viewing is by authorized viewers and it is not for commercial benefit (i.e. no admission costs are charged and no profit is made from the screening). Please contact us
direct and we will confirm if the film is available for a showing to a group forum."
Streaming Media: Your Personal Subscription/Account