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Copyright: A/V Materials

Public Performance Rights (PPR)

Public performance rights are no longer necessary when screening any video or DVD in college classrooms during a course in session.

  • Only legally acquired media can be used. Titles can be sourced from Michener Library, your home purchased collection, borrowed from a video store, etc.
  • Personal "on demand" subscriptions (iTunes, Bell, Rogers, Netflix, etc.) cannot be screened in class due to licensing restrictions.
  • Online video feeds from web services must be:
    • legally posted online. For example, you cannot show a scene from the film The Matrix, posted online by someone called johnsmith12345.
    • free of permitted use notices banning use in educational settings.


Feature Films

Showing Feature Films at SOCIAL EVENTS onsite(This does not apply to classroom screening). 

The Michener Institute has licensed educational public performance rights to many major film studios represented in Canada and the United States. To view the list of studios and titles inclusive to the license, please visit Audio-Cine Films for more information.

The license requires faculty, staff and students to report each screening of a feature film (whole or part) to or ext.3454.

Contact or ext.3454 for assistance in obtaining public performance rights for uses not covered by the Michener's licensing agreement. Any fees charged for the license will be covered by the requestor (the average is $150 per showing).



Television and Radio Shows

Television and radio programming can be screened in classrooms at the time of broadcast. Purchased TV programming on DVD can also be screened in class for a course in session.

Recording live radio and television broadcasts to playback in face to face classrooms, can be done within certain restrictions:

  • News programs or news commentaries
    • News examples: the National (news segment only), CityTV, etc.
    • Commentary examples: Power & Politics with Evan Solomon; Mansbridge One-on-One, etc.
    • Can be recorded and screened in class.
    • Bypassing "technical protection measures" to make a recording is not permissable.
  • TV Documentaries & TV Series
    • Purchased TV programming on DVD can be screened in class for a course in session.
    • Recorded at the time of broadcast, TV documentaries (W5, 5th estate, 20/20, Dateline, etc.) and TV Series can be screened in face to face classrooms if:
      • there is no commercially available DVD copy.
      • "Technical protection measures" to make a recording at the time of broadcast are not bypassed.
      • The Educational Rights Collective of Canada (ERCC) is contacted to obtain a license to screen the recording in class. Fees apply.
  • Television and radio programming available over the internet
    • Can be recorded and screened in class if:
      • The material does not include a “clearly visible notice” prohibiting educational use.
      • "Technical protection measures" to make a recording at the time of broadcast are not bypassed.


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