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Public Performance Rights

The DVDs and videos we purchase are just like the ones you can get from Amazon, Walmart, or RedBox: they are licensed for home use only. While copyright law makes an exception for showing films in a classroom situation, showing these movies for a public audience, with or without an admission charge, is a violation of copyright. That's what the FBI warning at the beginning is all about.

We have purchased over 400 movies: documentaries, educational titles, and some feature films, that come with public performance rights. These performance rights allow viewing by groups outside of a home viewing experience.

Here's a complete list of these movies, sorted by title.

Not all movies are available for purchase with performance rights, but if you would like us to consider such a purchase, contact your college librarian.



distance education exceptions

TEACH Act 17 U.S.C. § 110(2)

fair use privilege 17 U.S.C. § 107   

Copyright Act Title 17 of US Code


Classroom exception

17 U.S.C. § 110(1)

fair use privilege 17 U.S.C. § 107   

Copyright Act Title 17 of US Code


TEACH Act (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act, 2002) (Section 110(2))

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