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Streaming Media Resources for Faculty

This guide is designed to help faculty and staff using streaming media resources for instruction and learning.

Screening Outside of the Classroom

Images from John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive

John Margolies Roadside America photograph archive (1972-2008), Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

What are Public Performance Rights (PPR)?

Free film screenings open to a film club or the general public often require the purchase of films with public performance rights (PPR).  This is because "you need permission from the copyright holder to show that film 'publicly' (that is, in a group beyond an ordinary gathering of friends and family)." 1

To perform or display a work “publicly” means—

(1) to perform or display it at a place open to the public or at any place
where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a
family and its social acquaintances is gathered. (17 U.S.C. § 101. Definitions.)

Where can I find films with PPR?

BU Libraries' streaming films may have PPR.  Many of the films in Kanopy and all of the films in Academic Video Online include PPR.

Look for this note in the BULS record:

This video has limited public performance rights and may be screened by a public group that is not charged for the viewing, or transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a building or single campus.

If you're not sure if you can use the film for a screening or you can't find a film for screening, Contact me or try BU Student Activities.

Learn more about Section 110

Jenemann, Laura, and Butler, Brandon. What rights come with that movie?" Library Journal, January 10, 2014.

Communication, Media, & Film Librarian

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Laura Jenemann
Mugar Library