Resources for Universities & Colleges


Understanding License Terms

The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the US Code) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be used. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a copy of a copyrighted work carries with it the right to publicly exhibit the work. No additional license is required to privately view a movie or other copyrighted work with a few friends and family or in certain narrowly defined face-to-face teaching activities. However, bars, restaurants, private clubs, prisons, lodges, factories, summer camps, public libraries, daycare facilities, parks and recreation departments, churches, and non-classroom use at schools and universities are all examples of situations where a public performance license must be obtained. This legal requirement applies regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, whether the institution or organization is commercial or nonprofit, or whether a federal or state agency is involved. For more information.

Educational Public Performance Rights (PPR) can often vary from distributor to distributor. This resource page outlines Collective Eye's specific PPR licensing terms. Would you like to look at a sample agreement for a prospective title? Request a sample PPR license by clicking here. 

Basic Purchasing Information

Collective Eye Films can accept purchase orders through email. Our invoices are on a net 45 pay period.

Orders are typically processed within 48 business hours and shipped first class. Please note in your purchase order if you have specific shipping needs.

Public Performance Rights DVD License

This license covers the physical media, DVD or Blu-ray purchase of a film. The license length is life of format. It allows for all university affiliates (affiliates defined as current students, staff, and faculty) to view the film individually or in a group-setting without limitation on audience size or venue type so long as audiences are in a single physical space. Screenings must be for non-paying audiences in a non-commercial fashion. Any public viewing on campus, such as student organizations hosting a viewing for university affiliates, or playing the film on a campus theater for university affiliates would all necessitate the purchase of this PPR license.

Public Performance Rights DSL (Digital Site License)

This license covers the digital purchase of a film. The license length is life of format. It allows for all university affiliates (affiliates defined as current students, staff, and faculty) to view the film individually or in a group-setting without limitation on audience size or venue type. Screenings must be for non-paying audiences in a non-commercial fashion. Any public viewing on campus, such as student organizations hosting a viewing for university affiliates, or playing the film on a campus theater for university affiliates necessitates the purchase of this PPR license. By copyright law, any classroom streaming necessitates a public performance rights purchase.

This format also allows the university or college to host the film on a secure, password protected platform like Kanopy, Blackboard, etc. Please confirm via email what platform you plan on hosting your DSL to ensure the film file is adequately protected.

Files are delivered via a password protected downloadable .mp4 link. Please securely download the file within one week of purchase.

Non-Profit Public Performance Rights

This license is restricted to purchase by non-profit organizations or members. This allows for a single screening with an audience cap of 50 people. at a screening where no admission may be charged. Non-profits with larger screening events or that wish to use a film screening as a fundraiser can inquire through the screening form here.