Showing Movies on Campus

Federal copyright law requires groups wishing to show a movie as a public campus event to purchase public viewing rights, regardless of the size or nature of the group, and even if there is no charge for admission. Failure to follow this law could result in the assessment of fines or prosecution.

Swank Motion Pictures is a film distribution company that works with colleges to arrange legal public showings. Swank can be reached at (800) 876-5577. If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Trier in the office of Educational Media Technologies. She can be reached at (231) 995-1075 or