Answered By: Sarah Penniman
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2019     Views: 41

Yes. For any films shown outside of the classroom, even if they are for educational purposes, the sponsors must purchase performance rights. See for some resources, as well as links to lists of films for which we already have secured rights. Most PBS productions, for example, are provided 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. Only movies shown in the classroom during the normal course of instruction fall under fair use.