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Fondren Library Film and Media Collection: Public Performance Rights

Flow Chart image Public Performing Rights – see outline on linked page.

What are Public Performance Rights (PPR)?

Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to show a film or other media publicly. While copyright law makes certain narrow exceptions, showing a movie without public performance rights for a public audience, with or without an admission charge, could be considered a violation of copyright.

Do I need to obtain PPR? What about Fair Use?

Unless you are planning to show a film class (face-to-face and only those enrolled are allowed to attend) or for more than a small group of friends/family, it may be best to err on the side of caution and check to see if you can obtain the Public Performance Rights. This means that if you are planning to hold a screening for a film that is available to the public and even if you do not charge admission, you would still need the public performance rights. Check to see if SMU has obtained the public performance rights.

 Still have questions? Contact Rob Walker




Text version of Public Performance Rights Flowchart