When you borrow our films, you can legally only watch them in private, or if you are a professor, you can show them in your classroom as part of a course (see Fair Use).If you want to show a film in a public situation, even if you don’t charge admission, you need to pay for what’s called “public performance rights.”
WHICH FILMS HAVE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS INCLUDED?
Please follow their guidelines when arranging showings of their films:
Kanopy: "Kanopy videos can be watched by any and all authorized viewers, whether in a group or individual viewing context. Viewing films in a group forum is permitted as long as the viewing is by authorized viewers and it is not for commercial benefit (i.e. no admission costs are charged and no profit is made from the screening)." Note from the library: authorized viewers are current Hollins students, faculty and staff.
Films on Demand: "The videos in your subscription include public performance rights and can be shown in class, in the library, or remotely to students, faculty, patrons, and community members."
For all of the other films the library owns: we do not have public performance rights.
GETTING RIGHTS TO SHOW A FILM
If you're interested in obtaining public performance rights for a film not on our list, you should contact the filmmaker, the production company, or the film's distributor.
The office that deals with screening feature films for students at the university's Visual Arts Center is the Student Activities Office. They work with a film distribution company to show feature films, and they pay for the public performance rights as part of the screening contract. If you have questions about how much film screening rights cost or who to go through to order them, ask or call the Student Activities Office (540) 362-6986.