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    Part of U.S. copyright law states that movies are not allowed to be shown in public places without purchasing a license beforehand. You may not look at your residence hall lounge as a public place, but according to the law, dorm lounges can fall under that heading.

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    It is stated in the Resident Assistant manual that students are not allowed to watch movies in the lounges. The penalties for doing so are fines between $500 and $20,000.
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    I guess this would qualify also

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    Just put a sign on the door that movie night will be held unless one of the attendees is an FBI agent.
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    It's interesting, I work with a business that pays 10's of thousands of dollars in license fees every year to publicly broadcast/play/promote copyrighted material, whatever they want to do is fine, no questions asked. People try to teach dancing at a church or school however are prohibited from playing copyrighted music unless the church or school has paid for these licenses. We took a wrong turn somewhere. It's about time for the US Supreme Court to step up and do their constitutional duty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewy View Post
    It's interesting, I work with a business that pays 10's of thousands of dollars in license fees every year to publicly broadcast/play/promote copyrighted material, whatever they want to do is fine, no questions asked. People try to teach dancing at a church or school however are prohibited from playing copyrighted music unless the church or school has paid for these licenses. We took a wrong turn somewhere. It's about time for the US Supreme Court to step up and do their constitutional duty.

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    Hummmmmmm, next thing we'll be busted for hummin' a tune without payin' the BMI. Makes me think of a comic who did a routine about bein' behind on his utility bills in the age when they charge for air. He's wheezin' as he's spare-changin' to get enough to buy another breath!!! (Maybe I shouldn't tell the joke... is it copyrighted?)


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