Thinking about buying the film to screen for members of your organization, no problem. BUT there are a few Laws that even we can't get around…
Want to screen BABY LET YOUR HAIR HANG DOWN for a group, organization, school or charity? It's Easy To Do!
You can request a Public Performance License by filling out this form online so we can get you all the information right away!
We need to make you aware of all of the below legal stuff and ask that you read it as well. Thanks!
What is a Public Performance?
Suppose you invite a few friends over to watch a movie or a TV show that’s no longer available on TV. You buy or rent a DVD or Blue-ray disc from the corner store or a digital video file from an online store and show the film or TV episode in your home that night. Have you violated copyright law by illegally "publicly performing" the movie or show? Of course not.
But suppose you took the same movie or TV episode and showed it to patrons at a club or bar that you happen to manage. In that case, you have infringed the copyright in the video work. Simply put, movies or TV shows obtained through a brick-and-mortar or online store are licensed for your private use; they are not licensed for exhibition to the public.
Why is the Creative Community Concerned About Such Performances?
The concept of "public performance" is central to copyright. If filmmakers, authors, playwrights, musicians and game designers do not retain ownership of their works, then there is little incentive for them to continue creating high-quality works in the future and there is little incentive for others to finance the creation of those works.
The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the U.S. Code) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be used. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a copy of a copyrighted work carries with it the right to publicly exhibit the work. No additional license is required to privately view a movie or other copyrighted work with a few friends and family or in certain narrowly defined face-to-face teaching activities. However, bars, restaurants, private clubs, prisons, lodges, factories, summer camps, public libraries, daycare facilities, parks and recreation departments, churches and non-classroom use at schools and universities are all examples of situations where a public performance license must be obtained. This legal requirement applies regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, whether the institution or organization is commercial or non-profit, or whether a federal or state agency is involved.
"Willful" infringement of these rules concerning public performances for commercial or financial gain is a federal crime carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine. Even inadvertent infringement is subject to substantial civil damages.
It's Easy to Obtain a Public Performance License
Obtaining a public performance license is easy and usually requires no more than submitting a quick form to us!. We are more than happy to supply you with a quote for your screening, depending on the number of times you plan on showing the film, the size of your venue/group, whether or not it will be a Ticketed Event* and if there is a Fund Raising component to your screening. Most licensing fees are based on a particular performance or set of performances for specified films.