Public Performance Rights Policy
Those wishing to exhibit a film or other media in a space on the University of Dallas
campus must produce documentation that a public performance license has been obtained.
Willful infringement is a federal crime that carries a maximum sentence of up to five
years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. Not only is the event sponsor responsible,
but the University could also be liable for any civil penalties. Colleges and Universities
are the most frequent violators and are closely monitored.
What are Public Performance Rights?
Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to publicly show a film or other
media. Normally, the media producer or distributor manages these rights. The copyright
holder can assign PPR to others through the public performance licensing process.
When are Public Performance Rights necessary?
It is a public performance, and therefore a public performance license is required,
if any of the following apply:
- the screening is open to the public
- the screening is in a public space, including a dorm lounge, auditorium, library,
- access is not restricted
- persons attending the screening are outside the normal circle of family or friends
Examples of public performances include:
- showing a film in your dorm room to a large group of acquaintances
- showing a film during a club or organization meeting
- a film series or lecture that is open to the public
- showing a film in the classroom for curriculum-related purposes, but inviting others
outside the class to attend.
Examples of non-public performances include:
- privately viewing the film in your dorm room with a small group of friends
- showing a film in the classroom only to registered students where the content of the
film directly relates to the course topic or is a regular part of systematic instructional
How to obtain Public Performance Rights
Individuals and organizations are responsible for obtaining PPR for all public showings
of film and other media.
Permissions can be obtained by contacting one of the following licensing agencies:
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is a public performance license?
Public performance licenses vary depending on the film's copyright holder, the popularity
of the film, the age of the film, and other factors. Public performance licenses
can vary from $50 to hundreds of dollars.
Does iTunes or Redbox offer a public performance license?
No, all iTunes and Redbox rentals are strictly for private home viewing. Public performances
Are there any movies that don't require a public performance license?
The Internet Archive has educational public domain films available for download. The movies are stored
in MPEG format and should be downloaded instead of streaming the video.
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information about this policy, please contact Karin Rilley, General Counsel,
at email@example.com or 972-721-5363 or Cherie Hohertz, Dean of University Libraries and Research, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-721-5040.