Are there any laws I need to be concerned with if I'm showing a film or movie at my event?
- YES!! It is very important for you to talk with us if you plan to show a movie or film at your event. No movies or films can be shown in public spaces, including commons rooms, without obtaining film rights.
- In almost every case, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder to show a film on campus. This is true for faculty, staff, and students.
Then how can I share a film as part of my event?
- Here's the good news...we can help! Aisha Rivers, Assistant Director of Student Engagement, can help you legally rent a movie and get the copyright permission from a film distribution company.
- Plan to contact Aisha at least 2-3 weeks before you want to show the movie.
Are there ever exceptions to this law?
- A student may show a lawfully obtained film (i.e.: movies rented from Netflix or purchased from a store) to a small group of friends in his/her own room. Again, this limited exception does not permit showing videos in house commons rooms or other public spaces.
- Also, there are occasions when a film distributor may grant you copyright permission to show a (often an educational or political) movie directly.
- If this is the case, you must provide evidence (typically an email from the film distributor) to Aisha for her approval.
So, what do I need to remember when showing a video?
- Good rule of thumb...If you're advertising it, it's not a private showing.
- Better rule of thumb...check with Aisha if you plan to show a movie.