How to Get a Discounted Movie License
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Showing movies at your senior center? 
Make sure you have the MPLC Umbrella License®.

It’s a rainy afternoon, and the wet weather means that your senior center needs an alternative activity.

What about a classic movie matinee? In additional to buttery popcorn and conversation, the event will feature a few silver screen favorites.

By the end of the night, it’s clear that the event has been a great success, and your senior center decides that classic movie matinees should be a monthly activity.

How many times has this kind of scenario occurred at your senior center? Have you ever shown family movies and invited seniors to bring their families? What about cool summer movies that provide seniors with an opportunity to beat the heat? Does your activities coordinator occasionally schedule movie nights? How about a recreation room where patrons and guests can bring in a video to watch on the big screen? 

Protect Your Center

Situations like these are commonplace in senior centers across the country. When watching videos at your senior center, however, have you ever wondered how the FBI Warning at the beginning of the movie applies to you? 

According to the U.S. Copyright Act, prerecorded home videocassettes and DVDs are intended for personal, private, home use only. Showings outside of the home are considered “public performances” and require an additional license. Regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, this legal requirement applies equally to for-profit and nonprofit facilities, including senior centers.

It does not matter how large or small the audience is or if the videos shown have been purchased, rented, or borrowed. Non-compliance, even inadvertently, can result in fines ranging from $750 to $30,000 per showing. Fines for egregious violation are as high as $150,000 per infringement.

Discounted Fees for NISC Members

The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) grants the license you need to ensure copyright compliance at your senior center. For almost five years, NCOA's National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) and the MPLC have worked together to provide an affordable, easy way for senior centers to show movies while complying with federal copyright law.

Under this agreement, an MPLC Umbrella License costs only:

  • $185 per senior center per year for NISC-accredited senior centers
  • $220 per senior center per year for non-accredited NISC member senior centers
  • $295 per senior center per year for non-NISC members

The MPLC Umbrella License provides the most diverse programming available from over 400 producers, ranging from Disney to Warner Bros. In addition to major Hollywood studios, the MPLC represents independent, specialty, foreign, documentary, and family friendly producers. The license covers thousands of titles currently available in any legally obtained format.

To date, MPLC has licensed more than 250,000 locations in the U.S. and over 450,000 locations worldwide, from the smallest camps and public libraries to the largest multi-national corporations and federal government agencies.

Apply for a License

If you wish to show movies at your senior center, a video license is required. NISC has enjoyed a strong relationship with the MPLC and encourages all members to comply with federal copyright law through the purchase of an MPLC Umbrella License®.

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