FAQ


Can I show a film accompanied by a live orchestra or a live performance by a stage performer?
Roadshow PPL does not have the right to authorise licensees to perform any part of the film including the tracks (using orchestras, stage performers or otherwise) in conjunction with the screening of the film. Licensees will have to seek a separate licence from the relevant rightsholders for this use. Once you have obtained a licence from the relevant rightsholders for this use, please contact Roadshow PPL and include a detailed description of the 'event' that you propose to run so that Roadshow PPL can consider your request.

I want to run an outdoor movie event and advertise to the general public. Do I need a licence?
Yes you do. If the movie is by a studio which Roadshow PPL represents, you will need to contact Roadshow PPL to arrange for a licence and pay a fee based on the specific title and screening date.

I own a business and want to play DVD’s in the foyer to amuse kids whilst their parents shop. Do I need a licence?
Yes you do. In this instance, as the screenings are incidental to your primary business purpose, and unadvertised, Roadshow PPL can provide you with a 'blanket licence' for an annual fee.

I run a golf/bowls club and want to allow kids to watch movies on individual devices eg ipads, whilst their parents are playing golf/bowls etc. Do I need a licence?
Yes you do, regardless of whether you show a movie on a large screen or distribute individual devices or tablets which contain movies that you have purchased legally, these are public screenings for which you require a licence. Depending on the nature of your business activity, Roadshow PPL can provide you with a 'blanket licence' with an annual fee payable.

I have a blanket licence.  Can I advertise to the general public about a screening of a specific title?
NO, a blanket licence does not not permit advertising. For this you would need to contact Roadshow PPL and pay an additional one-off licence fee for the specific title and screening date.

I have a Schools Co-curricular Licence. Can I show a film to parents and friends outside of school hours as a fundraiser?
NO, a blanket licence does not cover this.  For this you would need to contact Roadshow PPL and pay an additional one-off licence fee for the specific title and screening date.

I have an APRA licence.  Does this allow me to show films in public?
NO, an APRA licence relates to the music content only, and does not cover exhibition of the images. Similarly, the licence you obtain from Roadshow PPL does not cover playing the music in the movie and your obligations to APRA (for the music) and the PPCA (for the sound recordings). You are required to obtain each licence separately.

Can I advertise my movie event?
Generally NO, however this may be varied as agreed to in writing by Roadshow PPL.

Can I publicly screen movies that I have purchased myself?
Purchasing a DVD only provides you with the ownership of the physical disc and a right to view it privately at home. It does not give you any ownership of the copyrighted material. However, provided you have obtained the appropriate licence for your public screening (including paying the relevant licence fee to Roadshow PPL), it is possible to use your own screening copy.

Can I rip files from a DVD and transfer to a hard drive for my screening?
NO, this would involve breaking the anti-piracy devices inherent in the DVD and is strictly prohibited.

Can I sell tickets to my screening?
Generally NO under the blanket licences granted by Roadshow PPL. If Roadshow PPL does expressly give you the right to conduct commercial screenings you will be required to pay a stated percentage of the ticket revenue to Roadshow PPL.