Copyright Policy & Public Performance Rights

Copying, displaying, and distributing copyrighted works may infringe the owner's copyright. The University of Texas System's policy statement on Use of Copyrighted Materials can help you determine whether your use of a copyrighted work may be an infringement. Any use of computer or duplication facilities by students, faculty, or staff for infringing use of copyrighted works is subject to appropriate disciplinary action as well as those civil remedies and criminal penalties provided by federal law.


Copyright law applies to the internet, which contains a mixture of copyrighted and non-copyrighted materials. An item does not have to display a statement of copyright to be copyrighted. It is assumed that an item is copyrighted until otherwise determined. For more information, see the University of Texas System Office of General Counsel copyright website

Public Performance Rights (PPR) allow a copyright holder to control when a work is performed publicly. Since PPR for films and other media are not necessary when using media in teaching, the UTSA Libraries in general do not acquire PPR.


Sometimes, however, the Libraries will have PPR for some media. For example, the Libraries would have PPR for a film if the PPR happens to be included in the purchase price. Contact your department’s subject specialist librarian to inquire about the Libraries’ media and PPR holdings.


If you want to host a public performance of a film or other media, you must purchase PPR from the copyright holder, distributor, or rights-management service. A subject specialist librarian can help you identify the appropriate points of contact.