Movies in the Classroom
Copyright Info & Procedures for Teachers
Public Performance Site License Q&A
What constitutes "public performance" of an entertainment movie?
Any showing of an entertainment movie outside the privacy of a home setting is considered a public performance (or public exhibition).
Aren't schools exempt from needing a license to legally use copyrighted movies?
Under the Educational Exemption, copyrighted entertainment movies may be shown in a school without copyright permission only if the following criteria are all met:
- A teacher or instructor is present
- The showing takes place in a classroom setting with only the enrolled students attending
- The movie is used as an essential part of the core, required curriculum being taught. Movies are not covered by the Educational Exemption if they are being shown as a reward, on a rainy day, etc.
- The movie being used is a legitimate copy - not duplicated from a legitimate copy, recorded from TV, or acquired via piracy
Are there limitations to our Public Performance Site License?
Yes! Our Public Performance Site License:
- is for K-12 Schools only
- does not permit entertainment movies to be used when an admission fee is charged (other than to cover costs)
- does not allow outdoor showings
- does not allow for movies to be altered, duplicated, or transmitted electronically in any form without specific permission from the copyright owner
Can I bring a movie from home and show it in my classroom?
You can secure movies from a variety of legal sources including:
- video rental stores
- our school library
- your personal collection