ADA members can obtain reduced-rate license to show movies

The ADA has negotiated an agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) that gives ADA members the opportunity to obtain a reduced-rate license to exhibit movies and other audiovisual programs at their offices in a copyright-compliant manner.

The license, known as an Umbrella License, provides dentists the rights to show a wide array of movies, popular children's programs, educational documentaries, and other audiovisual content for entertainment purposes in their patient waiting rooms and exam rooms.

Movies can be shown from more than 650 Hollywood studios, independent, special interest, children-related, and foreign producers. Once a license is secured, dental practices can rent or purchase movies and play them without the need for any further reporting.

"We are pleased to provide our members the opportunity to obtain a discount on the MPLC Umbrella License," said Kathleen O'Loughlin, DMD, MPH, executive director of the ADA. "As technology changes, the waiting area is no longer the domain of magazines alone. Many dentists have chosen to provide audiovisual entertainment in their offices, and it is important to ensure that our members do so in accordance with the law relating to copyrights."

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