Getting "rights" to show Anime Movies?
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Do I need to purchase a license to publicly screen foreign movies?

I'm the president of my university's anime club and I'd like to screen movies like ghibli, akira, nge etc... at my university's cinema theater and I'd like it to be open to the public. If I do need to purchase rights to show these kind of movies, how would I go about obtaining these rights? Who do I contact? Thanks for taking the time to read and reply ^^

Before you ask to Google it myself, I already tried that but the only thing that shows up are for getting the rights of western movies and third party companies that get rights for movies but they also seem to only be geared towards western movies
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to do so legally, yes you need a license according to copyright law,

All other public performances of motion pictures and other audiovisual works are illegal unless they have been authorized by license. Even “performances in ‘semipublic’ places such as clubs, lodges, factories, summer camps and schools are ‘public performances’ subject to copyright control.” (Senate Report No. 94-473, page 60; House Report No. 94-1476, page 64).

Both for-profit organizations and non-profit institutions must secure a license to show films, regardless of whether an admission fee is charged. (Senate Report No. 94-473, page 59; House Report No.94-1476, page 62)


ways to get a license


Contact the copyright holder directly, or contact the distributor if the distributor has the authority from the copyright owner to grant licenses, to purchase public performance rights or to request permission for a particular public performance use.

Contact the licensing service representing the particular studio or title (particularly in the case of feature films). Services vary in the types of licensing offered and the scope of materials represented. See "Vendors that Grant Public Performance Rights" for more information.


would try and contact someone from http://www.mplc.org/ to see if their umbrella license covers what you wanna show, but with a quick glance I didnt see disney or GKIDS on their list.

not sure about the current state of things, but in '11 GKinds got the theatrical distribution rights to ghiblis pre'02 movies, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Castle in the Sky.

Disney owns the home release of all ghibli films, and im guessing the theatrical rights to all post'02 movies.

so, for a club, most likely you'd need to contact one or the other for the theatrical rights, for a Public Performance Rights license. prices and such probably varies from what is said on the mplc site, depending on a number of factors, but doesnt mention an actual pricing guide so, and im guessing either disney or GKIDS most likely will have a fee as well, if you really wanna do it you'll have to contact them directly.


as for the other movies, you need to figure out who has the theatrical rights in your area, someone ought to if it was showed there, think NGE was ADV... nto sure if their still around, but usually someone has the rights in your area, if not then you'll have to contact the original studio. it maybe possible to get a license from teh original studio anyway, but... not sure about that.
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Try calling American places that dub anime shows.. Or call Japenese companies and tell them you want to show off their show in America at a university theater.. Easiest way I see possible :S
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Thank you for your replies!
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Now this is just a shot in the dark, but do you plan to charge money for the public showing?

Legal or not, it's not the most enforced offense. As long as what you're doing doesn't break any major rules, you should be well enough for a single movie night across campus.

It's like how old FBI warnings warn people not to show the video to their friend's because they didn't buy the tape, only you did.

And like how the warnings exist specifically because nobody in the world is going to enforce this rule.

And you no longer see them because people no longer care about those warnings in this day and age.

That said, if their is a legal way you can do it with minimum incident, do it!
Also...air the Gundam Movie Trilogy.....because it's awesome.
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BananaBreeze wrote:

Do I need to purchase a license to publicly screen foreign movies?

I'm the president of my university's anime club and I'd like to screen movies like ghibli, akira, nge etc... at my university's cinema theater and I'd like it to be open to the public. If I do need to purchase rights to show these kind of movies, how would I go about obtaining these rights? Who do I contact? Thanks for taking the time to read and reply ^^

Before you ask to Google it myself, I already tried that but the only thing that shows up are for getting the rights of western movies and third party companies that get rights for movies but they also seem to only be geared towards western movies


Looks like you've got some good suggestions. I'd also suggest that there may be some resources right at your school that can help and may be able to assist--such as whoever manages the theater, your university library, whatever office (if there is one) that is in charge of student activities or clubs.

I'm closing this thread right now thought, since it's a "help" thread and individual incidences of those aren't allowed. In the future please post inquiries such as this in existing threads such as:

The General Help/Advice Thread

The Anime Help Thread
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