Any legal copy of a movie (rented or purchased) can be shown during face-to-face instruction by a faculty member. The movies can be shown during the class or outside the normal class period, however, the showing must be only for students who are registered in the class. The movies must be shown in places that are designated for instruction - not residence halls, lounges or student centers.
Anytime there is a publicly shown film on campus, the group must purchase public performing rights for that movie. These rights currently cost anywhere between $300 and $500 per showing for popular titles from major film distributions. Public performance rights for independent films potentially cost less, however, you must purchase the rights even if there is no admission charge or educational conversation before or after the showing. The audience size may determine or influence the cost of the public performing rights.
Susan Czerny, our Copyright Librarian, has assisted several groups on campus with the public performing rights process. She is willing to help you obtain these rights and can be reached by E-mail: email@example.com or by telephone: 610-683-4174.
Try your best to plan ahead! Be sure to do some research about purchasing public performing rights before/during asking for assistance. The library can often obtain rights for educational or documentary materials.
The following are available vendors to find information on public performing rights pricing: