Re: [Videolib] "Bowling for Columbine" public performance

Meghann R Matwichuk (mtwchk@UDel.Edu)
Tue, 27 Apr 2004 18:00:51 -0400 (EDT)

I have not heard of this condition for this particular film, and I am
guessing that Michael Moore does not actually have the rights to 'give
away' -- those would belong to MGM Home Entertainment. I doubt that they
would appreciate Moore's, um, generosity, if he has indeed made such

I have encountered one dvd recently that expressly permits (and
encourages) the copying and showing of the item --'s Bush in 30
Seconds DVD via the Creative Commons ( The
agreement reads as follows: . Maybe we'll be seeing
more of this in the future -- at any rate, I found their site very


Meghann R. Matwichuk
Instructional Media Department
Morris Library
University of Delaware
181 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE 19717
(302) 831-1475

On Tue, 27 Apr 2004, Nagle, Tiffany wrote:

> 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
> 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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