[Videolib] "Bowling for Columbine" public performance

Nagle, Tiffany (tiffany.nagle@kerncountylibrary.org)
Tue, 27 Apr 2004 12:56:41 -0700

I have a group that has asked to rent our library's auditorium. On asking
what the event was, she replied that they were going to show "Bowling for
Columbine" at no charge to the public. I asked if she knew about getting the
public performance rights for the film, and she replied that Michael Moore
was allowing anyone to show this movie for free.

Now, they plan on using their own copy of the film, not the library's, but
I'm still "iffy" about the legality of the performance rights. As far as I
can tell from our copy, the case shows the standard wording "Any public
performance...is strictly prohibited." Plus, I don't see anything mentioned
on the web site for the film. I would think that this information would be
provided somewhere if he really was advocating free showings.

Has anyone heard about this situation for "Bowling for Columbine"? Thanks!

Tiffany Nagle, MLS
Audiovisual Librarian
Beale Memorial Library/Kern County Library
ph (661) 868-0784
fax (661) 868-0831

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