As much as this is for charity, we can't just stick our own copy of Serenity, Dr Horrible or other shows into a DVD projector and charge people admission.
If you're showing any copyright film or playing any copyright music in a public environment, you need to have either a Public Performance License for a theatrical (cinema) or non-theatrical venue.
Universal own the rights to Serenity and fairly claim compensation for the viewing of it.
What is Non-theatrical?
Non-theatrical Market refers to all publicly performed exhibition of feature films, in any and all linear formats and via any and all delivery systems, now known (including, without limitation, direct-to-optical projection, videogram display, closed circuit transmission and satellite transmission) or hereafter devised, that are shown in all educational institutions; correctional facilities; libraries; museums; government institutions; community centres; recreational facilities; hospitals and other health care facilities; shut-in institutions; common areas of apartments, condominiums, dormitories and other residential communities; retirement centres; camps; religious institutions; all manner of fraternal, benevolent and community clubs and organizations; bars; restaurants; hotels; conference facilities; business facilities; and buses and other transportation services.
If any CSTS organising team screens copyright materials without the necessary licenses (this includes playing soundtrack CDs), you are putting CSTS at risk for everyone, and are also personally risking a hefty fine or other penalties from the license holder. So, for the sake of all of us, please obey the rules around sceening licensing.
Once you have completed Registration, you will be provided with information about who to contact to arrange licensing. Things to take note of:
• Allow plenty of time to get your licensing. Depending on the company you deal with, this can take up to 3 months to organise.
• If you are granted DVD licensing you will need to supply your own copy of Serenity. Be aware that only the movie is licensed for showing, the extras are not, and cannot be licensed for showing.
• Whilst previous CSTS events may have also shown Firefly, Buffy, or Angel episodes, this is no longer allowed as Fox has forbidden all non-theatrical (and theatrical) use of their episodes, which includes all our favorite Whedon TV shows. So unfortunately, no combining with a “Once More with Feeling” musical extravaganza.
• Rights for other screening media, like Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog, have a very different process. The Global Team each year will attempt to secure the rights for everyone, but this is not guaranteed to be available.
For more details on Serenity licensing, go to viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1193
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Please note that all discussions about Dr. Horrible below are OLD and no longer apply.