Summary: Ask a Copyright Officer!
Ask a Copyright Officer is a new monthly column devoted to all things
copyright. Copyright news and questions will be answered and discussed in
this column. If you have a question you would like addressed in this column
please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are public performance rights?
Any viewing or exhibition of a film in a public place must have a Public
Performance Rights license. In this context classrooms at universities are
considered public places. The Library is making every effort to secure PPR
rights for all materials, mainly documentaries/non-feature titles, purchased
through the Library. If the Library is unable to secure PPR rights, users will
see a clear indication of limited use in our catalogue. The University signed
Feature Film Public Performance Rights licenses with the two leading
Canadian PPR licensing agencies, Audio Cine Films (ACF) and Criterion
Pictures. Each agency represents a number of studios, and their license is a
"blanket license" covering all or almost all films produced by the studio.
Question: Can I show a film at a staff training event?
Answer: It depends. Is it an instructional video with PPR or feature film? In
addition to Public Performance Rights (PPR) licenses, the University of
Regina recently purchased Audio Cine Films (ACF) and Criterion Pictures