Video Showing in Libraries

Georgia Ellars (
Thu, 1 Apr 1999 13:41:41 -0800 (PST)

I have the opportunity to show videos (children and adult) in our library.
We have a large TV scene we use for Distance Learning and it was suggested
that we setup viewing for families, teens, and/or others who enjoy
videos/movies. This would be on a monthly basis with no charge. The
purpose would be to get people into the library and promote our video
collection. Are there any legal issues I need to be aware of? I did a
book and a movie for some months and our lawyer advised me that since we
were nonprofit and we did not charge for viewing the videos, there were no
legal issues. I would like some input from anyone who has experience in
this area. I know there has been some discussion of public performance
rights on this listserv, however, I have not been able to follow the
discussion on a consistent basis. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Georgia Moretti Ellars
Media/Reference Librarian
Greenwood Public Library
310 South Meridian Street
Greenwood, IN 46143
(317)881-1963 FAX