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What are public performance rights?

Showing a movie or performing a musical work in a public setting (e.g., a club or organization) usually requires purchasing a public performance license. Just as you cannot rent a movie from a local video store and then screen it in a public space, you cannot show movies or perform musical works in a public setting without purchasing a public performance license, even if you're not charging admission.

An exception to this rule is when you are showing the film or playing the music in a face-to-face course.

When purchasing public performance rights, you will have to provide the distributor with:

  1. Your name and contact information;
  2. The location of the performance;
  3. The date and time of the performance;
  4. The estimated audience size.