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Outlines what Public Performance Rights are, why they are needed, and how to determine which titles in ASU Library collections already have PPR

Public Performance Rights for Screening Media

  • What are Public Performance Rights (PPR)
  • When are Public Performance Rights required?
  • Why should I learn about Public Performance Rights?
  • Does ASU Library purchase videos with Public Performance Rights?
  • Securing Public Performance Rights
  • More explanations about PPR

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 and may include PPR in the purchase price. Occasionally, the rights-holder may assign PPR using a separate Public Performance License.

When are Public Performance Rights Required?

The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the US Code) requires PPR for public viewing of copyrighted media outside of the regular curriculum, regardless of whether there is an admission fee. Examples include:

  • film festivals
  • programs, and events on campus
  • movie nights sponsored by student or other groups

PPR are not required for private, home viewing, nor for showing media as part of standard curricular and face-to-face teaching activities. Examples of these exceptions include:

  • individual viewing
  • home viewing with family and friends
  • classroom viewing
  • viewing in small groups, such as in a group study room


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 ASU Library purchase videos with Public Performance Rights?

The ASU Library does not routinely acquire PPR when purchasing media for our collections. However, we will secure PPR when requested by departments, centers, schools and colleges for viewings at university events.


How can you tell if a video from ASU Library has Public Performance Rights?

Media with public performance rights are noted in the “description” field of ASU records with the note: “Includes public performance rights.”



More information about PPR

For more information about public performance rights, see: Title 17 of the United States Code, Chapter 1, Section 110.


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