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I want to show a film on campus - do I need to do to get permission?

Cinematographic works, such as movies, television programs, and other audiovisual materials, are protected by copyright. If you are planning a screening of a cinematographic work on campus, it is your responsibility to make sure that your showing is compliant with Canadian copyright law.

When a movie, television program, or other audiovisual work is shown for educational and training purposes, it is possible to perform the work without permission using exceptions in the Copyright Act, provided that specific statutory requirements in the Copyright Act are met. If your screening does not meet these statutory requirements, a license will be required.


For students, student groups, and other campus organizations:

Please consult the Using Audiovisual Materials at the University of Toronto guide when planning your screening or event. This guide helps to clarify copyright considerations when using films and other audiovisual materials in various campus settings. Contact information for student groups organizing film screenings at various campuses is available on the Office of the Vice-Provost, Student A/V materials guide

For Instructors:

Consult the Copyright Basics and FAQ for guidance on using films and other audiovisual materials in the classroom environment.


If you have questions about what constitutes a public performance, or how to get a license, please contact

Visit the Media Commons site for details on advance reservations of audiovisual material for classroom/teaching use and for assistance with theatre and screening room bookings.

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