Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to publicly show a film or video (media). Normally the media producer or distributor manages these rights. The rights-holder (or their designate) can assign PPR to others through a Public Performance License. It is considered a public performance if any of the following are true:
Showing media, whether borrowed from the library or rented, purchased, or streamed, to groups outside of the classroom may be illegal, and may place the University at legal risk.
PPR are required if you are screening copyrighted media to audiences for purposes that fall outside regular curriculum-based instruction. These include:
PPR are not required for:
Screening media in the context of face-to-face teaching in the service of regular curricula.
See: Title 17 of the United States Code, Chapter 1, Section 110 (Page 24).
Since Bentley University Library acquires media to support the curriculum, and face-to-face teaching is exempt from PPR, the library does not typically secure PPR with video purchases due to higher associated costs. Some of the films in the library’s DVD collection have PPR; most do not. The DVDs with PPR are generally either documentaries or educational films. The library’s feature films do not have PPR. For DVDs purchased since September 2014, there will be a note in the catalog record indicating that it was purchased with PPR. For DVDs acquired prior to that date, please contact Matt Van Sleet to determine if a DVD has PPR. In the case where a film does not have public performance rights, it is the responsibility of the user, not the library, to investigate the procurement of PPR. The library will provide reasonable assistance in identifying the rights-holder of a film.
All films featured in two of the library's streaming media databases contain PPR:
Swank Digital Campus, our feature film streaming database, DOES NOT include PPR. If you wish to screen a film from the Swank database, you will need to procure PPR prior to viewing.
If you want to show a copyrighted film in a public setting, you will need to contact one of these licensing service companies to obtain permission.
Criterion Pictures USA, Inc.
Morton Grove, IL 60053-2615
1-800-890-9494 or 1-847-470-8164
Kino International Corp.
333 W. 39th Street, Ste. 503
New York, N.Y. 10018
1-800-562-3330 or 1-212-629-6880
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Movie Licensing USA
(A division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.)
10795 Watson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63127-1012
K12 Schools: 1-877-321-1300
Other organizations call Swank: 1-800-876-5577
Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.