Movies are a popular amenity in senior living and health care communities across the country. In accordance with federal copyright law, a public performance license is required when movies are shown in common areas such as a theater, lounge, or living room. A license is also required when movies are programmed on a closed circuit television system, for example, via a dedicated in-house channel.
Copyrighted motion pictures and other audiovisual programs that are available for rental or purchase in any legal format, such as DVDs and other digital formats, whether streamed or downloaded, are intended for personal, private use only.
To ensure compliance, MPLC grants the Umbrella License, which provides copyright infringement liability protection to over 500,000 locations worldwide and represents over 1,000 motion picture studios and other producers.
Just complete the online application or contact an MPLC Licensing Representative to secure an affordable annual license for unlimited exhibitions.
The Umbrella License from MPLC grants organizations permission to show legally obtained audiovisual programs without the need to report titles, dates or times of exhibition. Motion picture studios and producers represented under the Umbrella License vary according to the intended use and facility type.
Civil penalties for unauthorized exhibitions start at $750 for each inadvertent infringement and go as high as $150,000 for each egregious violation. By comparison, an annual Umbrella License is a fraction of the cost and ensures copyright compliance for the entire campus.
For a complete list of motion picture studios and producers included in your Umbrella License for Senior Living and Health Care Communities and how to determine coverage, visit our coverage page.
MPLC has partnered with all leading senior living and health care industry associations to better educate members on the need for copyright compliance when motion pictures and other audiovisual programs are shown in senior living and health care communities and provide cost savings on the Umbrella License.