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Public Performance Rights (PPR) for Films at Kenyon: Home

Find answers here to your questions about public performance rights (PPR) for film screenings at Kenyon. You will find information about Kenyon-owned material, as well as information on other resources that may be available to you.


Kenyon's library holds public performance rights (PPR) for a number of films -- in nearly all cases, documentaries -- in its collection.  If you are planning a film screening for purposes other than face-to-face use in the classroom, you will find resources here that can assist you in choosing a film already in Kenyon's collection, or from a third-party vendor. 

Please read the PPR overview, and consult the FAQ.  If your questions remain unanswered, you may contact Graham Coursey ( at extension 5174 (740-427-5174 if dialing from off-campus or from a mobile phone) for more assistance.

What are Public Performance Rights?

Public Performance Rights (PPR) for a videorecording (DVD or VHS) grant the user permission to show the film in a public place, for non-commercial purposes.

Videorecordings for which Kenyon's library holds PPR may be used on-campus for non-commercial purposes.  Admission fees for a screening may not be charged.

Note: Videorecordings for which the library does not hold PPR may be used in a classroom setting when the material relates directly to coursework; this is known as a "face-to-face teaching exemption.":

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the following is not an infringement of copyright: (1) performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction, unless, in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, the performance, or the display of individual images, is given by means of a copy that was not lawfully made under this title, and that the person responsible for the performance knew or had reason to believe was not lawfully made..."

(Title 17, U.S.C., Copyrights, Section 110 (1), Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays)

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