Re: copyright question

Gary Handman (
Fri, 24 Jan 2003 08:47:57 -0800 (PST)

Thanks for improving significantly on my harried three words,
Marilyn. This is great.


At 08:36 AM 1/24/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>Gary answered you thoroughly, in 3 words. This will be longer!
>You were absolutely correct about needing PPR for a free movie showing in
>your public library. I can think of 3 basic ways for your library to show a
>movie legally, with PPR, depending on the particular video you're showing
>and the kind of advertising you want to do.
>1) If you purchased it from a distributor/vendor whose video sales include
>PPR, you may advertise and show it without further ado. If you don't know
>the PPR status of the video, maybe someone in the Onondaga County Public
>Library system has compiled a list of holdings that are known to be okay
>for public performance. I know that your neighbor, the Mid-York Library
>System, provides such a list to their member libraries.
>2) Your library may purchase an annual umbrella license from the MPLC,
>which will permit you to show videos from their list of cooperating motion
>picture studios and independent producers. However, you may not charge
>admission or advertise actual titles. Look them up here -
>3) If it's a home-use video that's not from an MPLC affiliate and/or you
>want to advertise the title of the film, you need to locate the distributor
>who holds the PPR rights, and purchase from them a license for each showing.
>We've discussed this question again and again. But that's beauty of this
>listserv. There are always new members joining us, and even we seasoned
>veterans find ourselves facing new twists on the same old questions.
>I'm on this list because of my job as media rental coordinator for this
>college, and I've learned all about PPR from you folks. Now I can be the
>wet blanket on the board of trustees of my local public library who pipes
>up in a meeting and says, "Hey, we can't do that!" In fact, just last night
>I took to our board meeting a copy of the MPLC brochure, to document my
>most recent attempt at explaining to skeptical colleagues just why it is
>that we can't have a movie night at the library.
>Marilyn Huntley
>At 06:43 AM 1/24/03 -0800, Holly wrote:
> >This has been a great discussion but I must confess I'm getting confused.
> >A few years ago I wanted to run a 'movie night' at my library. We'd show
> >a feature film, eat popcorn, then have a small discussion after. I was
> >told I needed to get PPR before I did this. The viewing would have been
> >free, we would show a video owned by my library, and there would be NO
> >commercial gain to the institution - merely some use statistics for the
> >bean counters.
> >
> >Am I wrong to assume I need PPR for this sort of purpose?
> >--
> >Holly Sammons, Librarian
> >Onondaga County Public Library
>~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
>Marilyn B. Huntley, Audiovisual Assistant
>(Film Scheduling & Rentals)
>Audiovisual Classrm Svcs, 408 C. A. Johnson Hall
>Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Rd, Clinton NY 13323
>Phone 315-859-4120; Fax 315-859-4687

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley