Movie Screenings

The College of William and Mary recognizes and complies with the Federal Copyright Act which governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies and documentires, may be used. Pre-recorded video and streaming (Netflix), are for HOME USE ONLY. Public performances are not allowed by law. Sales of pre-recorded video/media do not confer any public performance right s upon the purchaser. "Even performances in 'semi-public' places such as clubs, lodges, factories, summer camps, and schools are 'public performances' subject to copyright control" (Senate Report No. 94-473,p60; House Report No. 94-1476,p64) For the College that includes residence hall lounges, any room in the Sadler Center, Campus Center, academic building (when not part of a class), etc.

It is a violation of Federal law to exhibit pre-recorded video/media beyond the scope of your private room or apartment - regardless of whether or not admission is charged. Ownership of pre-recorded video/media does not constitute ownership of a copyright.

If your group wishes to show video/media on campus, you must obtain a Public performance License. A fee is attached to each license. These fees vary according to size of audience, what movie you choose, and how the video/media is shown. For more information, contact Student Leadership Development [[leadership]].

Further information can be found at Swank Motion Pictures.