Q. What are Public Performance Rights and when do I need them?


Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to publicly show a film or video (media). Normally the media producer or distributor manages these rights. The rights-holder (or their designate) can assign PPR to others through a Public Performance License. It is considered a public performance if any of the following are true:

  • The screening is open to the public
  • The screening is in a public space (dorm lounge, library, auditorium, etc.)
  • Access is not restricted 
  • Persons attending are outside normal constituency (visitors to campus)

Showing media, whether borrowed from the library or rented, purchased, or streamed, to groups outside of the classroom may be illegal, and may place Rider University at legal risk.


See also "Does Moore Library purchase pubic performance rights?"

See also "How can I purchase public performance rights to show a film outside the classroom?"

  • Last Updated Sep 19, 2019
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  • Answered By Sharon Whitfield

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