Answered By: Sarah Penniman
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017     Views: 35

Yes. For any films shown literally outside of the classroom, even if they are for educational purposes, the sponsors must purchase performance rights. See libraryguides.etown.edu/copyright for a plethora of resources, as well as links to lists of films for which we already have secured rights. Most PBS productions, for example, come with public performance rights. It does not matter whether a faculty member introduces the films, a panel speaks before or after, etc. as far as the law is concerned. Movies shown in the classroom fall under fair use.

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