Film industry offers umbrella license to pediatric dentists

The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC), an independent copyright licensing agency, is introducing an umbrella license for pediatric dentists that will allow them to show movies and children's programming in their practices in a compliant manner.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is among the first to partner with MPLC to offer this license to its members. Through their agreement, AAPD members can obtain the umbrella license at a discounted rate, the academy noted in a press release.

Once a license is secured, pediatric dentist office administrators can rent or purchase movies and play them in their exams or waiting rooms without any further reporting.

According to the U.S. Copyright Act, copyrighted motion pictures and other programs that are available for rental or purchase in any legal format are intended for personal, private, and home use only. Exhibitions outside of the home, such as within a medical office, require a public performance license.

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