When you want to perform, display, or show a film, video, or TV program, whether it be as part of a course, at a group or club activity, at an organization event, or as a training exercise, you have to consider the rights of the those who own the copyright to the work you want to use. This consideration must be made regardless of who owns the video or where you obtained it.
Any use of copyrighted material without permission is copyright infringement. This applies to purchasing video content or whether it is obtaining the material through streaming options. Copyright violations can impose penalties on the university, and are taken very seriously.
A public performance is a movie that is shown outside of someone’s home. Many public performances do not qualify for an educational exemption and do not apply outside the nonprofit, in-person, classroom teaching environment. Streaming or showing a purchased video is licensed for your private use and is not licensed for exhibition to the public. For instructional purposes, please visit Lehigh Media Services for more information.
Public Performance Rights
A license is required for all public performances. Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal right to show a film or stream a video and are required if you are screening the copyrighted media to audiences for purposes that fall outside regular classroom student-rostered teaching instruction. The showing of a movie will be considered to be a Public Performance:
If the viewing or screening is open to the public
If the viewing or screening is in a public space (auditorium, lounge, meeting room, etc.)
If the viewing or screening is advertised
Whether or not admission is charged
Fees collected for public performance licensing compensate the copyright owners and the people who work on a film from start to finish.
Purchasing a Public Performance Right
Purchasing a license to show a movie will be valid for a specific, designated time frame regardless of the number of people attending. If you do need a "public performance" license, you can obtain one in one of the following ways:
By renting the movie directly from a distributor that is authorized to grant such licensing service companies to obtain permission.
Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
By contacting the copyright holder (generally the studio) directly.