"Sebly, Donna" wrote:
> Dear Holly,
> You do indeed need Public Performance Rights to show any video or
> dvd in a public space. I wanted to begin a film discussion group in my
> library and ran into the same problem. However, thanks to our wonderful
> media center at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, I was able to find lots of
> films owned by the library, ready for lending--free--and available for
> viewing with PPR. (The program fell through for unrelated reasons.) Still,
> you do need PPR to show a video in a program, even if it is a free one.
> Donna Sebly
> Harford County Public Library
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Holly Sammons [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 9:43 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: Re: copyright question
> 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
> 447 So Salina St
> Syracuse NY 13202
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