Showing Movies in the Library
Q. There's a community group that wants to show a movie to its members in one of the meeting rooms at the library. Is this legal?
A. As we mention on ALA Library Fact Sheet 7: Video and Copyright:
Libraries which allow groups to use or rent their public meeting rooms should, as part of their agreement, require the group to warrant that it will secure all necessary performance licenses and indemnify the library for any failure on their part to do so.
Check to see if the group has secured Public Performance Rights to show the movie, which are available from such companies as the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation and Movie Licensing USA.
If you still need clarification, please do not hesitate to contact Carrie Russell of the ALA Washington Office at (800) 941-8478 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.