Public Performance

Showing a movie on campus is considered public performance. A public performance is one that occurs in 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. 

A public performance also occurs when the performance is transmitted by means of any device or process (for example, via broadcast, telephone wire, website, or other means) to the public.

In order to perform a copyrighted work publicly, the user must obtain performance rights from the copyright owner or his representative.

Sharing a performance limited to only students in the classroom is permitted under fair use - if people not enrolled in the class are invited, this is considered public performance and rights must be obtained.

Public Performance and EKU Libraries

The financial obligation of public performance is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization. 

EKU Libraries only offers financial assistance for public performance rights if we are co-sponsoring the event, and we have a limited budget for this purpose. Contact Victoria Koger for more information.


EKU Libraries Movies with Public Performance Rights

Where to Purchase Public Performance Rights

Public Domain and Movies