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

Jun 13, 2022
Aging and Care Facilities May Need a Public Performance License
LeadingAge shares a summary resource on copyright compliance with members.  As aging and care facilities are considered public under the US Copyright Act, they are required to obtain a license to provide entertainment for residents. View Article
Feb 17, 2022
Secure Licensing to Show Movies, TV in Dental Office
The American Dental Association (ADA) explores creating a positive experience in the dental office and copyright compliance. View Article
Nov 03, 2021
Did You Know You May Need a TV or Music License for Your Rental Community?
The Apartment Association of Orange County takes a look at movie, TV and music licensing for rental communities. View Article
Sep 23, 2021
Lights, Camera, Campground.
ARVC takes a look at copyright compliance for Campgrounds and RV Parks. View Article
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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.

                MPAA   CVLI CCC      Christian Copyright Licensing International