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Application Instructions

Project P250 Scholarship Application

The Project P250 Scholarship Application is a paperless application. Please click the application link below to open the application in a google form. Please carefully check that you have completed all of the text boxes before submitting.

Since this is a google form, this is not the best platform to draft, edit and proof essays. You may wish to craft your essays in a word document, spell check and then copy/paste final answers into the google form to ensure a quality final product.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Please note this is the Wednesday of Spring Break so you should plan accordingly to apply in a manner that meets your schedule.

P250 Application form

Grade and Social Status Release

In addition to your online application you must also submit a completed Grade and Social Status Release form and ask two individuals to submit recommendations. Application deadline is Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Note: This form must be printed, signed and turned into the Campus Programs and Organizations Office located on the 3rd Floor of the Kellogg Center. Electronic, typed signatures are not acceptable for the grade release form. Grade and Social Release deadline is Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

pdfGrade and Social Release form

P250 Recommendation

It is your responsibility to ask two individuals to submit a personal recommendation on your behalf. If the individual agrees to provide a recommendation, please refer them to the P250 Recommendation Page, link provided above. Recommendation deadline is Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. If a person is not able to submit a recommendation by this deadline they may still provide a recommendation statement after this date.

P250 Recommendation form

If you have specific questions regarding the P-250 Scholarship, you may direct your inquiry to .

Face-To-Face Teaching Exemption

Section 110 of the 1984 Copyright Act does provide a specific exemption to the licensing of what is clearly a public performance and what is face-to-face teaching.

To qualify for the exemption, the showing must occur in a face-to-face teaching situation at a non-profit educational institution and meet all of the following six criteria:

  1. Performances and displays of audiovisual works must be made from legitimate sources, such as pre-recorded videocassettes. Copies made from illegitimate sources or broadcasts are not allowed.
  2. Performances and displays must be part of a systematic course of instruction and not for entertainment, recreation, or cultural value. The instructor should be able to show how the use of the motion picture contributes to the overall course study and syllabus. The course does not have to be a credit course, but must be one recognized by the institution and for which students must register.
  3. The instructors or pupils must give performances and displays from the same location in which it is being screened; no broadcasting from outside sources (such as closed-circuit television) is allowed.
  4. Performances and displays must be given in classrooms and other places devoted to instruction; library screening rooms, residence hall & student union lounges, rathskellers, and cafeterias do not qualify.
  5. Performances and displays must be a part of the teaching activities at a non-profit teaching institution. Businesses that conduct educational seminars and certain technical schools do not qualify.
  6. Attendance is limited to the instructors, pupils, and guest lecturers. Only students registered for the class may attend the screening. No fee specific to the screening may be charged.

 

Statement on Public Performance from Swank

What are "Public Performances?"

Suppose you invite a few personal friends over for a dinner and a movie. You purchase or rent a copy of a movie from the local video store and view the film in your home that night. Have you violated the copyright law by illegally "publicly performing" the movie? Probably not.

But suppose you took the same videocassette and showed it at a club or bar you happen to manage. In this case you have infringed the copyright of the movie. Simply put, videocassettes obtained through a video store are not licensed for exhibition. Home video means just that viewing of a movie at home by family or a close circle of friends.

What the Law Says

The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be used. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a videocassette carries with it the right to show the tape outside the home.

In some instances no license is required to view a videotape, such as inside the home by family or social acquaintances and in certain narrowly defined face-to-face teaching activities.

Taverns, restaurants, private clubs, prisons, lodges, factories, summer camps, public libraries, day-care facilities, parks and recreation departments, churches and non-classroom use at schools and universities are all examples of situations where a public performance license must be obtained. This legal requirement applies regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, whether the institution or organization is commercial or non-profit, or whether a federal or state agency is involved.

Penalties for Copy Right Infringement

"Willful" infringement for commercial or financial gain is a federal crime and punishable as a misdemeanor, carrying a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a $100,000 fine. Even inadvertent infringers are subject to substantial civil damages ranging from $500 to $20,000 for each illegal showing.

How to Obtain a Public Performance License?

Obtaining a public performance license is relatively easy and usually requires no more than a phone call. Fees are determined by such factors as the number of times a particular movie is going to be shown, how large the audience will be and so forth. While fees vary, they are generally inexpensive for smaller performances. Most licensing fees are based on a particular performance or set of performances for specified films.

In other specialized markets, such as hotels and motels, many Hollywood studios may handle licensing arrangements directly.

Why is Hollywood Concerned About such Performances?

The concept of "public performances" is central to copyright and the issue of protection for "intellectual property." If a movie producer, author, computer programmer or musician does not retain ownership of his or her "work," there would be little incentive for them to continue and little chance of recouping the enormous investment in research and development, much less profits for future endeavors.

Unauthorized public performances in the U.S. are estimated to rob the movie industry of between $1.5-$2 million each year. Unfortunately, unauthorized public performances are just the tip of the iceberg. The movie studios lose more than $150 million annually due to pirated videotapes and several hundred million more dollars because of illegal satellite and cable TV receptions.

Copyright Infringers are Prosecuted

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and its member companies are dedicated to stopping film and video piracy in all its forms, including unauthorized public performances. The motion picture companies will go to court to ensure their copyrights are not violated. Lawsuits for example, have been filed against cruise ships and bus companies for unauthorized on-board exhibitions.

If you are uncertain about your responsibilities under the copyright law, contact the MPAA, firms that handle public performance licenses or the studios directly. Avoid the possibility of punitive action.

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