The MPLC, an independent copyright licensing service, has warned that using videos and DVD’s in the limousine service without the proper copyright license can cost the limousine operator a few thousand dollars.
Peter Kuyper Jr, managing director of MPLC, said, “Video and DVDs have become such a part of our daily entertainment, we all take them for granted. But a lot of limousine operators don’t realize they are actually breaking the law when they allow passengers or drivers to show home entertainment videos or DVDs without the proper license.
Home videos and DVDs are mostly intended for private or home use. However, if it is shown inside a limousine, it qualifies as a “public performance” under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998.
Limousine companies are responsible for ensuring that they fully comply with the law. It doesn’t matter if they just contract their limousines to professional limousine drivers. If caught violating The Copyright Act, the limousine operator may have to shell out a maximum of $7,800 and/or be imprisoned for six months.
MPLC, which represents various Hollywood studios and producers, encourages limousine operator to get the Umbrella License. The license allows the unlimited use of videos and DVDs, whether you or your passenger owns it, for an annual fee of only $118.