Your showing does not constitute a public performance and you do not need to obtain public performance rights.
Your showing is a "public performance," so stricter rules may apply.
Why this matters: Instructional showings are usually considered Fair Use, if the copy was legally obtained.
Fair Use typically doesn't apply if the copy was not legally obtained, and/or if it is not going to be shown in the context of teaching/instruction. Please continue below to determine if you need to obtain public permission rights.
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Copyright Term and the Public Domain
This table lists when copyrighted works (including films) will fall into the public domain.
Your showing falls within one of the applicable exceptions, and you do not need to obtain public performance rights.
This is a public performance that doesn't fall under the allowable exceptions.
You will need to obtain public performance rights before showing this film. See our Getting Permission page for sources.
This decision tree is intended as a helpful educational resource as you make decisions about your rights to show films. It is not intended as a substitute for expert legal advice.