Understanding Copyright

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Residence Life Cinema provides schools with the legal license to show provided movie titles over a closed circuit channel. Typically movies are licensed for a 30-day period and you have the ability to play movies as many times as you like throughout the month and at any time of the day that works best for your campus.

The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17, United States code, Public Law 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be utilized publicly. Neither the rental nor the purchase or lending of a videocassette or DVD carries with it the right to exhibit such a movie publicly outside the home, unless the site where the video is used is properly licensed for copyright compliant exhibition.

This legal copyright compliance requirement applies to colleges, universities, parks and recreation departments, public schools, day care facilities, summer camps, churches, private clubs, prisons, lodges, businesses, etc. regardless of whether admission is charged, whether the institution is commercial or non-profit or whether a federal, state or local agency is involved.

The movie studios who own copyrights, and their agents, are the only parties who are authorized to license sites. No other group or person has the right to exhibit or license exhibitions of copyrighted movies.

Furthermore, copyrighted movies borrowed from other sources such as public libraries, colleges, personal collections, etc. cannot be used legally for showing in colleges or universities or in any other site which is not properly licensed.

 

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We are very lucky to have such a great source of the newest movies and TV shows available. There's an outstanding number of people that know about us on campus thanks to our OnDemand and RHA TV, set up with a lot of help from Swank to make our amenity one of the most popular on campus! - Michigan State’s Residential Halls Association
Students say  the channel was one of the best things about living in the Residence Halls. -University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Thanks for helping make our channel not only an entertainment success, but an academic one as well. - University of Pennsylvania