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Copyright Consequences You Need to Know with Dave Davis and Scott Templeton of Motion Picture Licensing Corporation

Copyright Consequences You Need to Know with Dave Davis and Scott Templeton of Motion Picture Licensing Corporation

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Donna DiMaggio Berger sits down with Chief Commercial Officer, Dave Davis, and Key Accounts Licensing Manager, Scott Templeton of Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) to discuss the proper licensing needed when playing or streaming copyrighted work in community association common areas. That’s right – if you have music in your elevator or your building is hosting a movie night in its theater, your association can face a hefty fine if you don’t have the proper license to cover the use of the copyrighted work. So, if you were thinking about skipping this episode because you believed it had no application to your community association? Think again.

Prior to joining MPLC, Dave held successful roles at NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox where he served as SVP of International Licensing & Distribution. Scott comes from a 25-year background in the property management and REIT industries, specializing in working with large corporations, PMC’s, Owner/Operators, MDU locations, and HOAs.

Conversation highlights include:

  • The types of entertainment that constitute copyrighted work.
  • What constitutes a public showing of copyrighted work.
  • How violators of copyright law are discovered and what kind of penalties they can face.
  • What the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation does (hint: it includes an umbrella!) and how much it costs.
  • Why a bulk telecommunications agreement does not convey rights to use copyrighted work publicly.
  • How individual resident violation of copyright laws may land Condo or HOAs in trouble.

BONUS: learn some inside scoop from a Hollywood Insider!

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