"Motion pictures and other audiovisual works" are copyright subject matter within the protective scope of the U.S. Copyright Act. One of the exclusive rights of the copyright holder is to "perform the copyrighted work publicly". A performance is ‘public’ if it takes place "at a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered." Additionally, "[p]erformances in ‘semipublic’ places such as clubs, lodges, factories, summer camps, and schools are ‘public performances’ subject to copyright control." Thus, in the absence of an exemption, districts need permission from the copyright holder to show movies at school. The Copyright Act contains a statutory exemption from the performance right for instructional activities in the classroom. The classroom exemption is only available to "non-profit educational institutions" and is subject to the following requirements: (a) performances must be shown "in the course of . . . teaching activities" which involve "systematic instruction [and] whatever their cultural value or intellectual appeal", do not involve performances "given for the recreation or entertainment of any part of the audience", (b) performances must involve "face-to-face teaching activities" meaning that eitheran instructor must be present in the room or "in the same building or general area" and (c) performances must take place "in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction" such as "a studio, a workshop, a gymnasium, a training field, a library, the stage of an auditorium itself, if it is actually used as a classroom for systematic instructional activities."
When there is ALL of the above:
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We need to make sure we get the license to show the film, and our college can utilize SWANK, Dana is our representative.
Swank's representative will ask you:
You can look up the movie title of your choice in SWANK's database, and call the number on their website, 1-800-876-5577 and they will give you a quote for how much the license to show the film will cost. They will also provide a copy of the movie for your program.