Public Performance Rights for Screening Media

  • What are Public Performance Rights (PPR)
  • When are Public Performance Rights required?
  • Why should I learn about Public Performance Rights?
  • For what media does the ASU Library have PPR?
  • Securing Public Performance Rights
  • More explanations about PPR

What are Public Performance Rights?

Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to publicly show a film or video (media). Normally the media producer or distributor manages these rights. The rights-holder can assign PPR to others through a Public Performance License.

When are Public Performance Rights Required?

PPR are required for:

  • All screenings of copyrighted media to audiences outside of regular curriculum. Examples:
    • Student club events
    • Extracurricular sponsored events such as general lectures
    • Film series

PPR are not required for:

  • Home viewing
  • Screening media in the context of face-to-face teaching in the service of regular curricula
    • See: Title 17 of the United States Code, Chapter 1, Section 110 (Page 24)

Why should you learn about Public Performance Rights?

Showing media, whether borrowed from the library or rented / purchased, to groups outside of the classroom may be illegal, and may place the University at risk legally.

Does ASU Library purchase videos with Public Performance Rights?

Since ASU Library acquires media to support the curriculum, and face-to-face teaching is exempt from PPR, ASU Library does not typically secure PPR with video purchases. However, many distributors of our educational videos include PPR in the purchase price, which means these videos can be shown anywhere to anyone.

How can you tell if a video from ASU Library has Public Performance Rights?

Videos in the ASU Library collection with PPR include a note in the “Summary” field of the catalog record: Includes Public Performance Rights (see below)

Securing Public Performance Rights

Individuals and organizations are responsible for obtaining performance rights for all publicly screened media.

Some companies to contact to secure (license) PPR:

More information about PPR