The Umbrella License®  for Public Libraries


Showing movies or TV in your library? Do patrons preview content from DVDs or Blu-ray on site? Does your library schedule movie screenings or have access to broadcast, cable or satellite television? Do library patrons occasionally stream movies or TV on library computers? Did you know that situations like these require a public performance license?


More than anyone, librarians understand that copyrighted content is intended for personal, private use only. Exhibitions at your library require a license. Even if your library already has a public performance license, multiple licenses are needed to ensure broad coverage for a variety of rights holders and protect against copyright infringement. The Umbrella License offers a simple, affordable solution to copyright compliance.


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How Does it Work?


It’s simple. With the Umbrella License you can show unlimited movies, TV and other audiovisual content with the assurance of copyright compliance. Obtain content on your own in any legal format including, but not limited to broadcast, cable or satellite television, DVD, Blu-ray, download, or streaming services. There is no obligation to report the titles shown. Just complete an application and you’ll be on your way.


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More Than 1,000 Rights Holders


Under the Umbrella License you will find content from every genre. MPLC provides annual copyright coverage for more than 1,000 rights holders, including children’s, independent, television, special interest, and international producers with only a few title exclusions.


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