Public and private screening
A public screening is the showing of moving pictures to an audience in a public place. The event screened may be live or recorded, free or paid, and may use film, video, or a broadcast method such as satellite or closed-circuit television. Popular events for public screenings include films, sporting events, and concerts. Private screening refers to the screening of a commercially made film to a group of people somewhere other than one of their homes. Private screening can be legally complex, as the rules and regulations vary from country to country.
Showing a DVD or video to a group of people outside of the home is legally regarded as a public showing, and is therefore in breach of copyright for DVDs/videos that have been purchased or hired for domestic use. To organise a group screening, permission from the copyright owner of the title in question will need to be obtained. Obtaining such rights clearances can be a complex procedure.
For certain types of screening ("non-theatrical" screening), it is possible to hire a copy of a film from its distributor with the rights already cleared. The primary non-theatrical distributors of feature films on DVD, video and 16mm in Britain are the BFI and Filmbank Distributors.
To use a personal legal copy of the film on DVD, Blu-ray or download then a further option would be to contact the Motion Picture Licensing Company. The Motion Picture Licensing Company (International) Limited, represents over 400+ major Hollywood studios and independent film producers in the UK and is the largest non-theatrical licensing company worldwide. It provides a ‘blanket licence’ called the MPLC Umbrella Licence for incidental, nontheatrical film use. Licensees may use their own legally obtained DVD/Blu-ray/downloads at one low annual fee for unlimited annual screenings. It also provides a ‘title reporting’ licence for film club events via the MPLC Movie Licence.
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