Re: [Videolib] Showing of recent release film

Dennis Doros (
Wed, 13 Jun 2007 13:17:10 -0400

> I know this has been discussed before, but will someone explain the
> guidelines for showing a recent release film to students as a student
> serves activity. There will be no charge. Is there a policy difference
> between renting the movie and the library purchasing the movie?
> Thank you,

Dear Francis,

This is a fairly simply-written website from Williams College that I
like to send people to:

and here are a few others:

And Jessica is right. The situation itself is the important guideline,
not the film title. However, the age of the film and its popularity
CAN affect the cost of the rights.

In terms of your question, buying a copy with PPR rights or renting it
with PPR rights probably doesn't change the situation if you're not
charging admission, but it can also affect the price. Buying a copy
and screening it without purchasing the PPR rights, however,
definitely would be illegal and worse, unethical.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: 201-767-3117
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