Who is responsible for compliance?
Where there has been unauthorised use of a film, the following people can be liable: person/s who screen the film, person/s who authorise the use but do not have the right to do so, person/s who provide premises for an unauthorised screening, and person/s who provide equipment for the use.
What constitutes a screening in public?
You must have copyright approval to screen a film in any common area at a facility like Land Lease / Over 50's Lifestyle / Retirement Communities / Residential Aged Care and Day Centre Facilities. Approval is required for any areas where people gather in common spaces at your facility and view content, regardless if there are others from the public in attendance or not.The Big Studio Movie Licence provides full coverage for movies in communal areas. For further information about your legal requirements around movie copyright and licensing, visit the Australian Copyright Council copyright.org.au and DOWNLOAD the Australian Copyright Council Public Screening paper to learn more about screening films, DVDs, videos & TV in public.
Where can I learn more about screening films in public?
DOWNLOAD the Australian Copyright Council fact sheet which explores the rights granted to filmmakers, issues of ownership and the risks of copyright infringement for films. Download PDF