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Documentary films are a natural fit for schools, libraries and service organizations. A successful, legal film screening requires the host to purchase the usage rights that comply with federal law that governs public performances.
Our prices are rooted in copyright law and are intended to provide reasonable compensation for the investment of time and money required to make Guatemala: On the Edge of Discovery while at the same time insuring a fair value for you, your audience and your intended usage.
By law, public screenings, even by nonprofit or educational organizations, are not allowed unless the purchaser has either acquired an edition of the film that includes Public Performance Rights or obtained a Public Performance Site License.
Acquiring Public Performance Rights is generally the best option for schools, organizations, libraries (or their patrons) who might show the film publicly but do not want a Public Performance Site License because of the tedious administrative burden required by the site licensing process. Public Performance Rights are attached to the film, not to a specific screening date and location. Therefore, the administrative burden is eliminated, providing the host with a much greater degree of flexibility.
If you have questions about the purchase option that best suits your needs, please refer to the following:
Home Use Streaming Video
Available for purchase by individuals, exclusively for private use inside a home.
Home Use DVD
Available for purchase by individuals or public libraries for private use inside a home, either by the purchaser or the library’s patrons.
This option does not include Public Performance Rights and screenings held in a public setting (unless in a narrowly defined, not-for-profit classroom setting under what’s known as the “face to face” teaching exemption). Non-exempt public screenings without permission are violations of copyright law.
Secondary Education DVD and the Secondary Education Bundle
Available for purchase by secondary eduction institutions, public libraries or non-profit institutions.
This option includes Public Performance Rights.
By law, public screenings, even by non-profit or educational organizations, are prohibited unless the edition of the film includes Public Performance Rights, or the screener has obtained a Public Performance Site License.
Higher Education DVD and the Higher Education Bundle
Available for purchase by a colleges, universities and for-profit institutions. This option includes Public Performance Rights.
By law, public screenings, even by nonprofit or educational organizations, are not allowed unless the edition of a film includes Public Performance Rights or the screener has obtained a Public Performance Site License.
“The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the US Code) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be used. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a copy of a copyrighted work carries with it the right to publicly exhibit the work. No additional license is required to privately view a movie or other copyrighted work with a few friends and family or in certain narrowly defined face-to-face teaching activities.
However, bars, restaurants, private clubs, prisons, lodges, factories, summer camps, public libraries, daycare facilities, parks and recreation departments, churches, and non-classroom use at schools and universities are all examples of situations where a public performance license must be obtained. This legal requirement applies regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, whether the institution or organization is commercial or nonprofit, or whether a federal or state agency is involved.
“Willful infringement of these rules is a federal crime carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine. Even inadvertent infringement is subject to substantial civil damages.” (the Motion Picture Association of America)
If you have any questions about the film, or the usage rights that are best for you or your organization, please feel free to email Brent Winebrenner at [email protected] or call him 805.570.9555.
Thank’s in advance for respecting copyright law, the foundation that helps support the creation of independent films and documentaries.