Motion Picture Video License Renewed
he Nebraska Library Commission recently renewed a statewide Motion Picture Video License for all 271 public libraries in Nebraska for July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003.
With this license, at no charge to public libraries, videos may be shown in the library facility as part of library programming. The following terms and conditions of the license remain in effect for the renewal:
The Library Commission agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) allows unlimited use of all MPLC-authorized motion picture titles within Nebraska public libraries. Licensing is required for libraries to exhibit videocassettes and video discs within their facilities. For more information, see the Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Motion Picture Licensing Corporation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. If we own the videocassettes, do we need a license to show them?
A. Yes, the library requires a license, regardless of who owns the video.
Q. We do not charge admission. Do we need a license?
A. Yes, the Federal Copyright Act states that regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, a license is required. In fact, this license only applies to showings where no admission fee is charged.
Q. We would like to show videos to our library cardholders as well as other members of the public? Do we need a license?
A. Yes, libraries are required to have a public performance license to exhibit to library cardholders as well as other members of the public.
Q. We would like to publicize the performance. What methods are acceptable?
A. Announcements of video showings in library newsletters, bulletin boards, etc. where the recipients are likely to be
library cardholders and staff are allowable. Use of public media (TV, radio, or newspapers) to advertise specific titles is prohibited.
Q. Does the MPLC license cover all videocassettes?
A. No, many videocassettes, such as educational and special interest titles, are purchased with public performance rights. Certain videocassettes of motion pictures in public domain do not require a license. MPLC represents all producers that have agreed to allow blanket licensing, see list below.