Preserving Creativity

    The MPA believes in protecting creative works and the people who make them. Whether you’re making a film, writing a book or recording a song, the amount of time, effort, and investment is more than a passion – it’s also someone’s livelihood. For creative sectors to thrive, intellectual property laws must protect the hard work of creators and makers while ensuring an Internet that works for everyone.

    Protecting creativity takes commitment from a wide range of people and organizations, from movie theater owners and operators, to technology companies and online service providers, to retailers large and small, to search engines, to law enforcement agencies. These voluntary, often industry-to-industry partnerships are a constant reminder that we all have a role to play in preventing great content from being stolen or misused.

    Consumers can help, too.  The motion picture and television industry is creating more ways than ever before for audiences to find their favorite films and television shows in a variety of platforms. For a detailed list, check out Where to Watch for seamless, legal streaming services and apps.

    Public Performance Law

    What is a Public Performance?
    Movies or TV shows obtained through a shops or online stores are licensed for your private use; they are not licensed for exhibition to the public.

    The concept of “public performance” is central to copyright. If creators and makers do not retain the ability to control how and when their works are publicly exhibited, then there is little incentive for them to continue creating top content.

    Obtaining a Public Performance License
    Securing public performance license is easy and usually requires no more than a phone call. Fees are determined by such factors as the number of times a particular movie is going to be shown, how large the audience will be and so forth. For a list of major firms that handle these licenses please see:

    Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
    www.mplc.com

    Report Piracy

    If you have information about the illegal production, distribution or sale of movies and television programs, please contact us at reportpiracy@mpaa.org