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2023-2024 Public Library Movie License - Terms of Agreement

For a Public Performance Site License to Exhibit Motion Pictures

(June 1, 2023 – May 31, 2024)

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Terms of License

Swank Movie Licensing USA (a division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.) under the terms of its contract with the State of Vermont Department of Libraries will provide Vermont public libraries as defined in 22 VSA §101(B), with Public Performance Site Licenses to Exhibit Motion Pictures of the copyright owners listed below in full compliance with 1976 U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, United States Code, Pub. Law 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541).

The Federal Copyright Act governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be utilized publicly. Neither the rental nor the purchase or lending of a video cassette or DVD carries with it the right to exhibit the movie publicly outside the home, unless the site where the video/DVD is used is properly licensed for copyright compliant exhibition. Swank Movie Licensing USA provides this Public Performance Site License to Vermont’s public libraries so that these entertainment movies can be shown legally in their library buildings.

The Swank Movie Licensing USA Public Performance Site License is a sole source product. Swank Movie Licensing USA is the only company that can provide you with public performance site licensing for this comprehensive selection of Hollywood studios:

Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBC/Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, New Line Cinema, Lionsgate Films, MGM, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Summit Entertainment, Focus Features, Warner Independent Pictures, Fine Line Features, United Artists, Warner Independent Films, Paramount Vantage, & Screen Gems.

For more information on your license and confirming coverage visit

  • These motion pictures may be shown only inside a Vermont public library building.*

  • Read the guidance on advertising movie showings for your library.

  • These licenses allow for the showing of a covered film using any legal source. Sources that would be ‘for home use only’ may be used in conjunction with the license.

  • There may not be any duplication, editing, altering, or digital transmission of the video cassette and/or DVD's in any manner.

  • The copyright of the motion picture remains the property of the copyright holder, who reserves all rights to protect its intellectual properties.

  • All copyright notices must remain on the motion picture.

Swank continues to provide an allowance for movies to be shown outdoors on library property. Please visit this page on the Swank website to view the details on the outdoor exception and to complete the form to request approval for on an outdoor showing on your library property