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Public Performance Rights for Films

Selected films have been purchased by the University Library with Public Performance Rights (PPR) licenses. Search ALL FILMS with Public Performance Rights in W&L University Library's CollectionA Public Performance is any performance of a videocassette, DVD, videodisc or film which occurs outside of the home, or at any place where people are gathered who are not family members, such as in a school or library. In most cases titles sold by video and retail outlets are restricted to home use only and do not include public performance rights. In most cases, admissions should not be charged.If the film you wish to show, as part of a public performance, is not included in this list, please contact Swank Motion Pictures to purchase the PPR or contact the University Library.For more Info on PPR from the W&L Office of General Council or read Washington and Lee University Policy for the Use of Copyrighted Works. Please contact Digital Scholarship Librarian Alston Cobourn if you have additional questions.

Public Performance Rights by Copyright Holder

Ambrose Video [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From Ambrose Video's website: "A "public performance" is any performance of a videocassette, DVD, videodisc or film which occurs outside of the home, or at any place where people are gathered who are not family members, such as in a school or library. In most cases titles sold by video and retail outlets are restricted to home use only and do not include public performance rights. All of the prices listed on the individual film pages include public performance rights." This also includes Ambrose Digital too. "Please note that every video has searchable closed captions and comes with Public Performance Rights."

Associated Producers Ltd.

[Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

American Film Foundation

[Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

Annenberg Learner

[Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]From Annenberg Learner's website: "Videos come with public performance and closed-circuit broadcast rights. See also digital download rights."

ArtMattan Productions [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From ArtMattan's website: " RIGHTS INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE: All DVDs are leased for the life of the DVD/ Public Performance rights are included with institutional purchase. This includes public or private screenings for an audience, with or without admission/ A license for closed-circuit use within a SINGLE campus is included with institutional purchase/ Purchase does not include nor imply the right to duplicate, recast, edit, abridge or transform the videos by analog or digital means or any other fashion whatsoever without the express written consent of ArtMattan Productions/ Purchase does not include streaming rights nor imply the right to transmit videos by analog or digital means by broadcast, open-cable, direct broadcast satellite, internet or other means nor to any off-campus or distance learning site without the express written consent of ArtMattan Productions.  DVDs purchased from home video retailers or through our DVD Store do NOT carry Streaming Rights OR Public Performance Rights. These may only be screened for private home use unless Public Performance Rights are purchased separately or an open showing is arranged with ArtMattan Productions."

As We Forgive [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the As We Forgive website: "To show or present the movie outside the home requires a license that authorizes you to publicly exhibit the movie to any size audience.  This includes any organization (non-profit as well) that is presenting the movie in any setting, even if admission is not being charged."

Berkeley Media LLC [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From Berkeley Media LLC's website:  "Nontheatrical public performance rights are included in the purchase price of all our titles. Digitization and streaming rights are not included in the purchase price. A separate license is required to digitize or stream any of our titles. Any customer who purchases a title listed on this web site from us irrevocably agrees in advance that the film or video will not be digitized, streamed, duplicated, altered, televised, or shown with an admission fee without our prior written permission. More than 100 of our titles were formerly distributed by University of California Extension's Center for Media and Independent Learning. The ... closure of that organization and the dispersal of its ... collection of more than 600 titles -- many of which have gone out of print altogether -- indeed led to the formation of Berkeley Media LLC."

Bullfrog Films [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From Bullfrog Film's website: "Our programs come with public performance rights, which is the right to show the film in public provided no admission fee is charged. This does NOT include the right to show the film on television or online, only the right to show the film in public to any audience where the projector and audience are in the same room."

California Newsreel [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the California Newsreel website: "Colleges, Universities, Corporations and Government Agencies may purchase DVDs with public performance and  classroom use rights under this license. This license specifically excludes the right to make any copy of the DVD or to encode it for streaming see information about streaming licenses for details about that option)."

Cambridge Documentary Films [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the Cambridge Documentary Films website: "All of our film prices include public performance rights."

Center for New American Media [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]


China Classics [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

Limited to the films the University Library owns by Wu Wenguang and Caochangdi Studio.

Cinema Guild [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the Cinema Guild website: [All NON-THEATRICAL] "titles in this section come with Public Performance Rights and are exclusively available for purchase to schools, universities, libraries, and other educational institutions. A purchase grants the institution the right to screen the film to its students and faculty, on campus or school grounds, where no admission is charged. These rights are valid for the life of the DVD."

Davidson Films [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the Davidson Films website: "Purchase or rental of any film constitutes a limited license to use the film.  Films may not be duplicated, digitized,  transferred to any other medium, in whole or in part, nor broadcast without contractual permission from Davidson Films.  Davidson Films products include limited public performance rights."

Direct Cinema [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the Direct Cinema website: "The Public Performance License gives its holders the right to recite, play, dance, act, or show work in a public place. This includes transmitting it to the public via closed-circuit television, the Internet, or broadcasting it. In the case of motion pictures or videotapes, showing the work's images in sequence is considered "performance." Showing a short clip may be allowed in some situations."

Electronic Arts Intermix [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns, but must be shown on campus.]

From the Electronic Arts's Intermix invoice "limited license” possess and exhibit in-house… Restrictions: a) may not be exhibited commercially or theatrically b) may not be broadcast, cablecast or webcast c)May not be lent or transferred to any institution, venues or individuals... d) May not be transferred to another format...  Licenses for use on a fee basis for non-commercial, educational, or cultural purposes…”

Filmakers Library [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns, but must be shown on campus.]

From the Filmakers Library website: "All films purchased through the Academic Video Store include public performance rights, allowing an institution to exhibit a legally-acquired copy, so long as: No admission fee/donation is collected/The screening takes place at the purchasing venue itself/The primary  audience for the screening is members of the purchasing institution (for example, students, and faculty of a school) and the screening IS NOT advertised or promoted to the general public."

Films Media/Infobase/Films for the Humanities & Sciences [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]


First Run/Icarus [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

For additional information see Icarus Films

Goals for Girls [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns provided no admission is charged.]

From filmmaker's website: "includes public performance rights for classroom, organizational or library use by the acquiring institution for non-paying audiences only."

Gush Productions [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns provided no admission is charged.]


Icarus Films [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the Icarus Films website: "DVDs purchased from Icarus Films are licensed with Public Performance Rights for non-commercial and educational  exhibition when no admission fee is charged. DVDs are "Leased for the life of the media." NOTE: Films from First Run/Icarus Films include PPR while films from First Run do not.

Kultur International Films [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

All products purchased from Kultur directly include public performance rights provided they are played on a single monitor at a single location, and that there is no admission charged. Programs on Kultur DVDs cannot be transmitted over any closed circuit television system, nor sent via any system to distant learning locations.

Media Education Foundation [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the Media Education Foundation website: "All purchased videos and DVDs are licensed for closed-circuit viewing within the institution that made the purchase. This licensing also includes satellite campus, and limited-access distance education broadcasting. In addition, all purchased videos and DVDs are licensed for classroom viewing and public screening where no admission is charged. This policy does not include “streaming” or “webcasting” MEF programs via an internet server (regardless if it’s password protected)."

Moving Images [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]


National Film Board of Canada [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]


New Deal Films [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the New Deal Films website: "These films and DVDs may not be duplicated for any purpose, including archival purposes, rented, televised, or broadcast without the written permission of New Deal Films, Inc."

University of California Extension's Center for Media and Independent Learning See Berkeley Media LLC


Witnessing History, LLC [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

Faculty and staff at Washington & Lee University are allowed to watch the DVD, The Southern Cross: The Story of the Confederacy's First Battle Flag, ingroups, so long as admission is not charged.

Women Make Movies [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]

From the Women Make Movies website: "Purchase effectively means lease for the life of the DVD, videotape, videodisc or film print. The lease includes public performance rights by the acquiring institution for non-paying audiences only on campus or school grounds. This does not include showing the film on television or online."

Zeitgeist Films [Public Performance Rights granted for films the University Library owns.]