Public Performance Rights(PPR) are the underdog of the copyright world. And frankly, we get it. When 80% of what your community engages with is 20% of your collection, it can be hard to justify the extra cost. However, PPR can open up a realm of possibilities to your campus community, and we hope that the following can inspire you to purchase PPR for its excellent value.
1. Student Clubs and Organizations
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had frantic librarians call us on a Friday afternoon, scrambling to secure PPR rights for a for a Saturday morning screening for a student club or org that didn’t know they needed it. If you anticipate that a film might be a good match for a student club or organization on campus, purchasing PPR from the get go is invaluable for saving time, and headaches. The fact is that most students don’t realize that they can’t just check a film out of the library and show it to any public audience until you’ve told them they’re not allowed. For the students, that can be a heartache if they can’t have the screening.
2. Out Of Classroom Events
Just like student clubs and organizations, your professors may also want to get involved with creating campus wide events. We often converse with professors who are interested in hosting screenings, panel discussions, and events related to what they are teaching and our films. When you have Public Performance Rights for titles in your collection, the content becomes more dynamic and allows staff on campus to engage in a whole new way with students and the surrounding community. These opportunities often inspire out of classroom conversations and ideas that create lasting impressions and make all the difference.
3. The Future of the World Needs You!
As much as you need compelling content, so do librarians around the world! Consumers and communities are in great need to receive the impact of incredible storytelling, and the best way to ensure that future generations get to benefit is by supporting the community. Many filmmakers can make less than $10 per NONPPR order. How sustainable is this revenue source for their expenses? Can they make another film if they can’t make a living with their royalties? By supporting the filmmaker, you are helping ensure that this is a sustainable career and more content will be made thus inspiring change, conversation, entertainment, and education around the world. While these are just three reasons to purchase more titles with PPR, there are countless more. Supporting storytelling, filmmakers, and even your favorite educational distributors (hint hint), allows amazing opportunities for films to engage audiences and impacts communities.
Librarians and educators WE THANK YOU!