Rental Information

'Deis Flicks Rental Fees

The rental fee for each DVD in the 'Deis Flicks collection is $20, plus $1 per person (minimum of $20) to cover NCJF's public performance fee. Proceeds from screenings are paid to NCJF and shared with the filmmakers.

Public Performance of a Movie

Suppose you invite a few personal friends over for dinner and a movie. You purchase or rent a copy of a movie and view the film in your home that night. Have you violated the copyright law by illegally "publicly performing" the movie? Probably not. But suppose you took the same DVD and showed it at a club. In this case, you have infringed the copyright of the movie. DVDs obtained without a public performance license are not licensed for exhibition.

What the Law States

The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the U.S. Code) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be used. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a DVD carries with it the right to show it outside the home. In some instances, no license is required to view a DVD, such as inside the home by family or social acquaintances and in certain narrowly defined face-to-face classroom activities.

Showing the film in a restaurant, private club, public library, place of worship or outside the classroom are all examples of situations where a public performance license must be obtained. This legal requirement applies regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, or whether the institution or organization is commercial or nonprofit.

The Honor System

We fully believe that our chapters will adhere to an honor system and not violate the usage agreements negotiated with the National Center for Jewish Film. Brandeis National Committee has made special arrangements with the NCJF for screening any one of the series featured in our 'Deis Flicks program.