Registered Student Organization Handbook

Utilizing Movies

Video Tapes and DVDs that are available for purchase, rented from many commercial establishments, or checked out of the library are for home viewing purposes only. This means they can only be viewed in your private living spaces. For campus purposes, that means your residence hall room/suite. (For home purposes, it means anywhere in your private residence). Same rules apply for movies/television shows that are video taped at home on VCR's.

Therefore anytime a group shows a movie in any context, the group must purchase the public viewing rights* (copyright) for that particular showing. Copyright purchase for film currently runs in the range of $300-$600 per showing for popular titles from major movie distributors. Independent films could cost less but must be negotiated with the holder of the copyright for those particular films. Grand Valley State University works with several distributors on a regular basis to deliver the film programming that we view in the Kirkhof Center and as a part of specific faculty programs.

There is an exception to the public performance fees for colleges and universities. This exception is only in the case of face-to-face classroom instruction ** by a faculty member. The faculty member may show the film/movie outside the normal class period (at night for example), however, it is only for those students who are registered for the class.


Contact the Office of Student Life (331-2345) for more information on this policy.

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