Public Performance Rights

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:
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 FIU Libraries purchase videos with Public Performance Rights?
Since FIU Libraries acquires media to support the curriculum, and face-to-face teaching is exempt from PPR, FIU Libraries does not regularly 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 FIU Libraries has Public Performance Rights?
Videos in the FIU Libraries collection with PPR include a note in the “Summary” field of the catalog record: Includes Public Performance Rights (see below)

Media librarian Tom Moore (stepmoor@fiu.edu) can assist in identifying titles in the FIU Libraries collections that have PPR.
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:
  • Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
  • Kino International
  • Criterion Pictures
  • USA Modern Sound Pictures
More information about PPR