Frequently Asked Questions
Documentaries have long been a great way to entertain, educate, and inspire. However, many people do not know that movies, TV programs, and other content, when purchased, rented or streamed, are intended for personal, private use only. More importantly, they require a license when shown in public.
Our Public Screening License reward allows a person or entity the right to show the movie in public one time after post-theatrical distribution begins. In A Billion Lives, public screening licenses were issued to organizations such as hospitals, schools, shops, and large event promoters.
It typically does not allow charging for admission, but the license can be customized as needed. Please message us with any questions and we look forward to hearing about all your events!
Here is the official guidance from the Motion Picture Association of America:
“The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the US Code) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be used. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a copy of a copyrighted work carries with it the right to publicly exhibit the work. No additional license is required to privately view a movie or other copyrighted work with a few friends and family or in certain narrowly defined face-to-face teaching activities. However, bars, restaurants, private clubs, prisons, lodges, factories, summer camps, public libraries, daycare facilities, parks and recreation departments, churches, and non-classroom use at schools and universities 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, whether the institution or organization is commercial or nonprofit, or whether a federal or state agency is involved.
“Willful infringement of these rules is a federal crime carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine. Even inadvertent infringement is subject to substantial civil damages.”
Public screenings, even by nonprofit or educational organizations, are not allowed unless you have purchased a film that comes with public performance rights (PPR) or obtained a public performance license (also referred to as a public screening licenses, site license, umbrella license, or blanket license).Last updated:
Since A Billion Lives came out, there's been a monumental shift in the way nicotine is being used. Smoking rates are down (a good thing), but the use of products like Juul are up dramatically. Many parents and teachers are concerned when they see their kids using these new devices and we aim to dive into the issue headfirst.
It is our position that much of the hype in the media and by government agencies has only served to increase youth uptake of nicotine products. We plan on taking a fact-based storytelling approach that will directly address youth and make a case for why they should not begin using nicotine in any form.Last updated:
What is your position on the use of non-combustible nicotine products for people who smoke cigarettes?
As the New York Times just reported, a yearlong, randomized trial showed that vapor devices were almost twice as successful as other nicotine products like patches or gum for smoking cessation.
With the WHO projecting one billion people will die this century from smoking, we strongly believe every successful option should be on the table and promoted.
As we mentioned in another FAQ, we do not support or encourage minors to begin using nicotine, but the science supporting adult use by people who smoke cigarettes is quite clear. For many people struggling to quit cigarettes after decades of attempts, clean nicotine products (those without smoke) are a new way to improve the quality of their life.
We support that mission whole-heartedly.
The FDA recently released a statement echoing our team's long-held position:
"More than a year ago, the FDA unveiled a broad policy to reduce the death and disease caused by smoking. Smoking remains the number one preventable cause of death in America, killing nearly half a million people a year. If we aren’t successful in more sharply reducing the rate of addiction to tobacco, then we’ll continue to see this needless death and disease. FDA’s new legal authorities to regulate tobacco ‒ as part of the Tobacco Control Act ‒ empowered us to alter this trajectory.
We saw an opening to push a generational shift in the deadly course caused by tobacco. And we’ve seized it.
Our comprehensive tobacco plan to combat the ill effects of smoking was founded on a central animating principle. That what primarily causes death and disease from tobacco use isn’t the nicotine in these products. It’s the act of lighting tobacco on fire to free that drug for inhalation.
While it’s the addiction to nicotine that keeps people smoking, it’s primarily the combustion, which releases thousands of harmful constituents into the body at dangerous levels, that kills people.
This fact represents both the biggest challenge to curtailing cigarette addiction ‒ and also holds the seeds of an opportunity that’s a central construct for our actions.
E-cigarettes may present an important opportunity for adult smokers to transition off combustible tobacco products and onto nicotine delivery products that may not have the same level of risks associated with them."
-- FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.Last updated:
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