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Feature Film Public Performance Rights (PPR) Licensing

BC ELN coordinates two licenses for feature film public performance rights (ffPPR) which cover a number of BC post-secondary institutions as well as a group of institutions in several other provinces.

The licenses are with the two leading Canadian PPR licensing agencies, Audio Cine Films (ACF) and Criterion Pictures. Between them they cover almost all of the major US and Canadian studios and production companies and many independent producers and foreign films.

The licenses came into effect October 1, and will be renewed annually.

Due to changes in the Copyright Act in November 2012, not-for-profit institutions are no longer required to obtain PPR rights to show films in the classroom. Our licences also include optional Entertainment PPR rights, to cover the showing of films on campus outside the classroom, e.g. a student club's movie night. The Entertainment PPR licence will continue as before.

Communication with Participating Libraries

For BC ELN partner libraries, communication about the ffPPR licenses will take place on the BC ELN Media Resource Team listserv. For non-BC ELN libraries participating in these licenses, BC ELN has created a new listserv.

We anticipate there will be a small number of messages about ffPPR throughout the year, including:

FAQ and License Documents

Curious about exactly what public performance rights means, and who is covered? Please see BC ELNís ffPPR FAQ. As questions from libraries are received, they will be added to this page.

To view the text of the licenses with Audio Cine and Criterion, please visit: