Re: copyright question

Holly Sammons (
Fri, 24 Jan 2003 12:01:09 -0800 (PST)

Thanks for the explanation. I guess I know this to be true, and then I'll
read something and I think there's a loophole I can make use of and have a
movie night after all! Bottom line for me and lots of public library
librarians, is that our budgets are so restricted that it's hard to
maintain a decent video collection let alone purchase PPRs.

> Holly,
> 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
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> (Film Scheduling & Rentals)
> Audiovisual Classrm Svcs, 408 C. A. Johnson Hall
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