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What happens if I show movies or TV programs publicly and don’t get an MPLC Public Performance license?

It is a legal requirement to have a public performance license from the copyright owner, and if you show movies or TV publicly without one, then you may be violating the Copyright Act. This can result in penalties up to $150,000 for each program or movie that is shown. You could also be liable for court costs and attorney fees. 

For example, in June 2009, a Minneapolis jury found single mother Jammie Thomas-Rasset liable for $1.92 million for infringing the copyright on twenty-four songs (ultimately reduced to $220,000 on appeal for technical, unrelated reasons). One month later, a Boston jury ordered college student Joel Tenenbaum to pay $675,000 for infringement of the copyright on thirty songs (upheld on appeal)..

It’s not worth risking these charges when a license cost is very affordable.

MPLC Public Performance Licenses are easy to buy and can be put in place immediately. They are the legal way to show movies and TV in a public or commercial space.

Contact us now to ask questions, find out how much a licence will cost or to get licensed today.