Licensing Information

Our standard institutional licensing packages are designed to provide colleges, universities and qualified nonprofits with the best value for multiple uses, and our one-time community screening licenses allow any organization to exhibit high-quality films for a reasonable fee. Please note that all licensing carries restrictions on audience numbers and/or geographic range.


PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS (PPR) allow educational and nonprofit groups to exhibit our films to public groups. The term of the public performance rights license depends on the terms held by the film’s distributor. Films purchased without Public Performance Rights are restricted for individual viewing or face-to-face teaching in the classroom only. If you intend to exhibit the film outside of a private, at-home setting, then we ask that you contact us regarding an exhibition fee.  The Copyright Act allows films to be screened in face-to-face teaching situations, defined by specific criteria. To be eligible for the teaching exemption, the screening is limited to students who are enrolled in a class in which the film is a part of systematic mediated instructional activities, the instructor is present, and the screening is an integral part of the classroom session. Playing films for the department, for certain students, or as a “film/lecture series” does not qualify for the teaching exemption, but requires a Public Performance License.

DIGITAL SITE LICENSES (DSL) allow colleges, universities and nonprofits to locally host and stream to their community on a closed, password-protected system for the life of the digital file. Restricted to use on a single campus and to those enrolled in online classes at that campus.

CUSTOM SCREENING LICENSES (price varies) provide any group with a one-time screening, with fees based on the number expected to attend (or size of venue) and whether you plan to charge admission.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My library already has a copy of the film. Do I still need to purchase public performance rights?

A. Yes. Check with your library or contact us to ensure your copy already has public performance rights and that those rights have not yet expired. While we do grant limited PPR to libraries to publicly screen our films, the DVD/Blu-ray copy of the film does not automatically carry public performance rights.

Q. Are Digital Site Licenses available for all films distributed by Music Box Films?

A. Almost all films in our library are available Digital Site Licenses.

Q. My organization wants a license to screen a film on an unlimited basis – do you offer that?

A. All licensing carries limitations in order to protect the rights of the filmmakers and their investors, as well as the rights of others who have licensed those films. As a result, Music Box Films offers unlimited screening rights to educational institutions for set annual terms. Contact us to learn more.

Q. How do I purchase Public Performance Rights from Music Box Films?

A. If you want to book a film for a community screening, simply provide the information below and we’ll be in touch!

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For answers to other questions, please contact us directly: