Answered By: Matt LaBrake
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2016     Views: 44

Public performance rights (PPR) indicates that a film was purchased with a license that allows it to be shown legally in a public setting.

Faculty and associates often want to show movies in a public setting for their clubs, classes or organizations. Please be advised that unless the movie is in the public domain or you acquire the movie with public performance rights, you will be breaking the copyright law.  Just as you cannot rent a movie from the local video store and then screen it in a public space, you cannot show movies in a public setting without first determining if you have permission to do so.

The Berkeley College Library subscribes to a number of academic film collections with PPR rights. Faculty are permitted to utilize videos and movies from any of our licensed streaming video collections. Titles from these collections can be shown in the classroom or embedded within a Blackboard course.

If you are on campus, you can access our streaming media collections by clicking here!

Faculty can also request that the library purchase PPR rights to a motion picture. Click on the “motion pictures” tab in the above guide to browse available titles in our SWANK Digital Campus Collection. Follow directions on the LibGuide to request purchase.


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