Copyrighted films are not automatically licensed for public performance (showing a film to a group of people in a public space).
Copyright law (USC 17§101) states a performance is public if it is in a public space or if it is in any place if "a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its acquaintances" is gathered there.
CCAD classrooms, meeting rooms, auditoriums and dorm lounges are considered public spaces.
The Teaching Exception:
Copyright law (USC 17§110) makes exceptions to public performances that take place in face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution; therefore, faculty and students can freely view a film that takes place in a CCAD classroom and is used for instructional purposes in the class and is only open to students enrolled in that class.
1. Determine who the copyright holder is.
2. Google the name of the copyright holder, or use a directory like Switchboard to find current contact information.
3. Document your contacts and keep records of all related correspondence.
4. Additionally, there are Copyright Licensing Agents that make available PPR: