Trends in Ed: Lighting the Path
It's not every day that I get to say nice things about the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
, but their new “umbrella license
” is a slam dunk for libraries. A workaround for what used to be a tedious, difficult, and expensive venture, the license allows libraries to purchase a yearly subscription that includes performance rights for nearly 400 production companies including 20th Century Fox, Discovery Channel, A&E, The History Channel, and Sony Pictures Classics.
The license is unlimited and covers individual viewing on library grounds and ambient use as well as library events. Pricing is based on service population and seems extremely reasonable, especially for libraries used to paying individual performance fees. With so much talk about the “service problem
” of piracy it's nice to see a company creating a profitable channel that so drastically simplifies the copyright and performance process.