If your community allows residents or staff to play movies in communal areas, such as in a theater, lounge, or community room, please be advised that a public performance license is required in accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act. Closed circuit television systems playing movies on a dedicated in-house channel are also subject to public performance license provisions.

As you may be aware, copyrighted motion pictures and other audiovisual programs that are available in any legal format, such as DVDs or other digital formats, whether streamed or downloaded, are intended for personal, private use only. Exhibitions in communal areas or exhibitions via closed circuit transmission within senior living and health care communities are considered “public performances” and require public performance licensing.

Argentum, and all other leading industry associations have negotiated member savings on the Umbrella License, an annual public performance license offered by Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC). The Umbrella License is the most comprehensive copyright license available for senior living and health care communities and provides annual copyright coverage for over 1,000 motion picture studios and producers. The license includes public performance rights for both major Hollywood studios and independent producers. Once licensed, an unlimited number of movies may be shown. Movies can be secured from any legal source whether rented, purchased, or borrowed via DVD, stream, or download.

Movies are a beloved resident amenity. However, unlicensed exhibitions may subject your community to substantial fines for copyright infringement. If your community currently shows movies please secure the required license to ensure copyright compliance.

As Argentum has advised in the past, the 2016 Agreement establishes guidelines for the licensing of motion picture exhibitions in all senior living and health care communities regardless of the level of care provided or the license status of the community. The Agreement states that:

Please contact MPLC directly at (800) 462-8855 or online at seniorliving.mplc.org for assistance with pricing or to ask any questions about the Umbrella License. Please feel free to contact Argentum at (703) 894-1805 with any questions about motion picture licensing requirements within our industry.


Download the MPLC Umbrella License Application Brochure

In 2016, MPLC partnered with Argentum and other senior living and health care associations, and negotiated an agreement that offers discounted Umbrella License coverage to membership.

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