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Public Performance Rights (PPR) for Documentary Videodiscs held by the University of Idaho Library: Home


The University of Idaho Library has several videodiscs in its Documentary DVD collection for which it holds public performance rights (PPR).  If you are planning a film screening for purposes other than face-to-face use in the classroom, you will find resources here that can assist you in choosing a film already in the Library's collection. 

Please read the PPR overview, and consult the FAQ.  If your questions remain unanswered, you may contact Rami Attebury ( at 208-885-2503 for more assistance.

What are Public Performance Rights?

Public Performance Rights (PPR) for a Documentary videodisc (DVD/Blu-ray) grant the user permission to show the film in a public place for non-commercial purposes.

Documentary videodiscs for which the Library holds PPR may be used on-campus for non-commercial purposes.  Admission fees for a screening may not be charged.

Note: Videodiscs for which the Library does not hold PPR (which includes all videodiscs in the Movies & TV DVD collection and some videodiscs in the Documentary DVD collection) may be used in a classroom setting when the material relates directly to coursework; this is known as a "face-to-face teaching exemption.":

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the following is not an infringement of copyright: (1) performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction, unless, in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, the performance, or the display of individual images, is given by means of a copy that was not lawfully made under this title, and that the person responsible for the performance knew or had reason to believe was not lawfully made..."


(Title 17, U.S.C., Copyrights, Section 110 (1), Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays)

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