Answered By: Sonali Sugrim, Electronic Resources Librarian
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2022     Views: 110

Public Performance Rights (PPR) are legal rights to show a film or video (streaming media) to the public. Typically, the media producer or distributor handles these rights and often includes them with the purchase. However, the rights-holder may assign PPR using a separate Public Performance License.

The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the US Code) requires PPR  for public viewing of copyrighted media outside of the regular curriculum. This applies whether or not an admission fee is included. Examples:

  • film festivals
  • meetings, programs, and events on campus
  • movie nights sponsored by students or other groups

Please complete the PPR Form if you plan on using a QC Library title for your event.

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