Movies and TV entertain, educate, and inspire. What you may not have considered is that this content is intended for personal, private use only and requires a license when shown in public. This provision of the U.S. Copyright Act applies to public exhibitions of movies, TV, and other audiovisual content enjoyed from sources like broadcast, cable or satellite television, DVD, Blu-ray, download, or streaming platforms.

MPLC was founded in 1986 with the goal of providing an affordable way for the public to enjoy movies, TV, and other audiovisual content outside of the home with the assurance of copyright compliance. Since the introduction of MPLC’s pioneering Umbrella License®, we have come a long way, now representing more than 1,000 rights holders and licensing in more than 40 countries around the world.


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Recent News

Apr 18
MPLC and the Association of Lodging Professionals Partner to Promote Copyright Compliance
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Mar 29, 2023
Podcast Take It To The Board Explores Copyright Compliance
Confused About Copyrights? Take It To The Board podcast host Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq talks with Dave Davis and Scott Templeton of MPLC about how a violation could land your HOA or board in legal trouble. Watch the Podcast
Nov 7, 2022
Copyright Compliance for TVs in Orthodontist Offices
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Sept 13, 2022
MPLC and National Council on Aging Continue Partnership
Senior centers are vital and vibrant gathering places in the community. Showing movies at these locations is a wonderful way to strengthen connections among older adults and across generations.  View Article
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Why you need a license

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Our Partners

MPLC works closely with leading institutions to support intellectual property rights.
Along with our partners, we educate organizations large and small about copyright and the importance of compliance.

  CVLI   Christian Copyright Licensing International  
      MPLC, Film Industry, Los Angeles, CA