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Streaming Video: A Guide to Streaming Video Collections from NOVA Libraries

A guide to finding and using streaming video for use in courses. Questions? Contact Library Technical Services at

Public Performance Rights

Public Performance Rights are the legal rights to publicly show a film or video, whether streaming or in a physical format. It is a public performance if any of the following are true:

  • The screening is open to the public
  • The screening is in a public space (dorm lounge, library, auditorium, etc.)
  • Access is not restricted
  • Persons attending are outside the normal circle of a family and its acquaintances 

PPR are not required for:

  • Home viewing
  • Showing a video to registered students in a classroom, where the content of the film directly relates to the course: Section 110(1) of the Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code: provides an exemption for certain educational uses of video recordings. Specifically, it allows for "performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction."   

PPR are required for all screenings of copyrighted media to audiences outside of regular classroom activity.  Examples:

  • Student club events
  • Sponsored extracurricular events
  • Film festival 

Public Performance Rights at NOVA

Database Public Performance Rights?
Alexander Street Videos (Academic Video Online; American History in Video)

Yes - no admission or fees can be charged

(excludes Film Platform titles)

Docuseek Yes - no admission or fees can be charged
Films on Demand Yes - no admission or fees can be charged
Films on Demand--Feature Films for Education No - educational use only 
Swank No

Only some Kanopy films have public performance rights. Films with public performance rights have a "PPR" icon next to the running time on the details page.

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