Public Performance Rights
Please note that the individual purchase price does not grant public performance rights, including classroom screenings. It is for home viewing purposes only.
Institutional/Education/Public Exhibition Licensing/Purchasing for some titles are available at Forward in Time.
1. What are Public Performance Rights?
A: Public Performance Rights are the legal rights held by distributors or producers over the showing of a film/video outside of one's home. The rights-holder (MGProductions)can grant others the temporary right to show the film by selling them or granting them a Public Performance License.
2. When do I need to obtain a Public Performance License?
A: Anytime a film is shown outside a person's personal home, the screening is considered “public.” Even if NO admission is charged or if the entity screening the film is a nonprofit organization, school, or library--you need this license. If the film is being shown outside the home, it is considered “public.”
3. What about the “Teaching Exemption”?
A: The Copyright Act allows films to be screened in face-to-face teaching situations, defined by specific criteria. To be eligible for the teaching exemption, the screening is limited to students who are enrolled in a class in which the film is a part of systematic mediated instructional activities, the instructor is present, and the screening is an integral part of the classroom session. Playing films for the department, for certain students, or as a “film/lecture series” does not qualify for the teaching exemption, but requires a Public Performance License.
4. The film/tape/DVD was bought from the distributor for a school or library. Does it include Public Performance Rights?
A: Most DVD/tapes are sold without Public Performance Rights, but some are sold with limited Public Performance Rights. They may enable you to play the tape for its lifetime in public screenings on your campus or institution.
If purchasing from Forward In Time you are immediately granted Public Performance Rights.
However, you may not copy the tape or lend the tape to other institutions or organizations, or charge admission for the screenings you hold with that particular film. These rules may vary, so check carefully with the distributor when purchasing.