Public and private screening

public screening is the showing of moving pictures to an audience in a public place. The event screened May be live Recorded gold, free gold paid , and May use film, video , broadcast method gold Such As satellite or closed-circuit television . Popular events for public screenings include movies , sporting events, and concerts . Private screening refers to the screening of a commercially made film to a group of people somewhere other than one of their homes. Private screening can be legally complex, as the rules and regulations vary from country to country.


Fans at the FIFA World Cup 2006 at the Olympiapark, Munich
Screening of Euro 2012 soccer

Live public screenings of association football matches, called ” Public Viewing  ( of ) “, was especially popular at the 2006 football World Cup in Germany. [1]

United Kingdom

Showing a video to a group of people outside the home is legally considered as a public display, and is therefore in breach of copyright for DVDs / videos that have been purchased or hired for domestic use. To organize a group screening, the permission of the copyright owner of the title will be obtained. Obtaining such rights clearances can be a complex procedure.

For certain types of screening (“non-theatrical” screening), it is possible to hire a copy of a film from its distributor with the rights already cleared. The primary non-theatrical distributors of feature films on DVD, video and 16mm in Britain are the BFI and Filmbank Distributors. [2]

Another option is to buy a blanket license for the year known as a ‘Public Video Screening License’ which may work out cheaper if showing film is to be a regular event. [3]

See also

  • Film screening
  • Festival film


  1. Jump up^ Pleitgen, Fred (May 10, 2010). “Germany’s World Cup legacy: What can South Africa learn?” . Retrieved 29 May 2014 .
  2. Jump up^ “Is it on DVD or video? Checking DVD and video availability in Britain” . British Film Institute . Archived from the original on 2009-03-17 . Retrieved 2013-06-12 .
  3. Jump up^ “Welcome to Filmbank” . Filmbank. Archived from the original on 2007-10-06.