Video Licensing Information

Are you interested in showing films? Then it is time to consider getting an annual Public Performance Video License! Please find the information below.

 

The Program
EDGE is pleased to offer you the opportunity to obtain a Public Performance Video License at great cost savings for your church!   We have negotiated a video licensing agreement with Criterion Pictures and Audio Ciné Films (ACF) Inc. who represent most of the major distributors including Paramount, Universal, Alliance Atlantis, New Line Cinema, Miramax, Disney, Veggie Tales and many, many more!

There are many creative ways that you can use films in your congregation – legally!
– During worship
– Fundraisers
– Family nights
– Youth group events
– Education programs

It is our hope that the availability of this licensing arrangement will be one more tool that supports your ministries in creative and just ways.

 

Why Do We Need A Public Performance License?
Public Performance Licenses enable your community of faith to show full-length or clips from movies or TV shows for public viewing. Showing films without a public performance license is a breach of Canadian Copyright Laws. Please know that the video license being offered here only apply to showing a film or clips in your building or on the grounds of your church. These licenses do not apply to live streamed clips or films.

 

Summary: Without a public performance license you are breaking current copyright laws.

You are able to obtain a license from either Audio Ciné Films (ACF) or Criterion Pictures, or both!

For more information about these licenses, the fee structure, and how to apply, please visit the Buying United website.

To learn more about what the license offers, and answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have questions, please feel free to email or call Alexandra at edge@united-church.ca, 1-800-268-3782 x4157

 

Signing Up

All applications are to be submitted online.

Step 1: Application Form. Please follow the link to fill out the online Application Form here https://buyingunited.net/application Applications will close on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 for licenses that run from January 1, 2021 through December 31st, 2021.

Step 2: Invoicing. After submitting your application online, you will receive an invoice to the email address provided. This invoice will give you the option to purchase a license from Audio Cine Films only, Criterion Pictures only, or both, with their affiliated fees. Select the option that works for you.

Step 3: Payment. Follow the directions on the invoice to submit your electronic payment or cheque. Information on how to report your viewings to the respective companies will be shared in January.

Please note: As the pandemic continues, we understand that many folks don’t know whether their church will be open in January. Rest assured, we will be offering another application round for licenses that start later in 2021, so if you feel unsure now, know you won’t miss your chance to have a license if your situation changes.