Entertainment Public Performance Movie Copyright Compliance for Public Libraries

The following was posted to a listserv and is being submitted verbatim (so to speak).


\"ST. LOUIS - Movie Licensing USA, Licensing Agent for Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, DreamWorks, Columbia, Sony, MGM and other major motion picture studios, now provides Movie Copyright Compliance Site Licensing to public libraries for the public performance of entertainment videos. The Movie License ensures copyright compliance for showing of films in the library facilities which were produced by the studios represented.Neither the rental, purchase nor lending of a copyrighted videocassette or DVD automatically carries with it the right to show a movie outside the home except in certain limited teaching situations in schools. Public libraries do not enjoy any such exemptions from copyright law. Therefore, permission from each copyright owner has been required to ensure compliance with the law when showing copyrighted movies for special programs in a library. The movie license also protects a library when outside groups use the facilities to show copyrighted movies.

Carol Simpson, copyright authority, states, \"If you have any doubt that your activities are within the law, first read the law itself. It is available free of charge from the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress as Circular 99. If in doubt, consult an attorney—preferably one who specializes in intellectual property (commonly listed as copyrights, trademarks, and patterns, or some combination of those terms).\"

Free and detailed information regarding Movie Licensing and Movie Copyright Compliance Site Licenses for Public Libraries is available. Call toll-free at 1-888-267-2658 or write: Movie Licensing USA, 201 S. Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2579. A website is also available at www.movlic.com.

Note: Permission is granted to post this News Release on any Public Library website.