The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17, United States code, Public Law 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be utilized publicly. Neither the rental nor the purchase or lending of a DVD carries with it the right to exhibit such a movie publicly outside the home*, unless the site where the video is used is properly licensed for copyright compliant exhibition. This rule applies regardless of whether admission is being charged, whether the institution is commercial or non-profit or whether a federal, state or local agency is involved.
*For a college campus, home is defined as your individual suite, apartment or room and excludes any building's common space outside your suite, apartment or room.
Article ID: 425
Last updated: 27 Jun, 2018