Los Angeles, CA – The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC), an independent copyright licensing agency, has partnered with EGEDA, a non-profit association and collection society that represents hundreds of producers from Spain and Latin America. The MPLC Umbrella License now allows MPLC licensees to legally exhibit over 50,000 Spanish language films and programs from all EGEDA producers.
"We are thrilled to be entering into this licensing agreement with the MPLC, which gives establishments such as libraries, churches, and community centers the opportunity to have the Spanish speaking communities come together to watch culturally important films from their native countries for movie nights and other such gatherings," said Miguel Angel Benzal, Managing Director of EGEDA.
The EGEDA catalog contains the finest Spanish language films and televisions shows representing Spanish hits from director Pedro Almodovar to modern Latin telenovelas, as well as Spanish classic movies, the jewels of Spanish cinema, almost impossible to find any other way. All of this content is now available under the MPLC Umbrella License.
According to the US Copyright Act, Title 17 of the United States Code, copyrighted motion pictures and other programs, that are available for rental or purchase in any legal format, are intended for personal, private use only. Exhibitions in facilities, such as a library or community center, require a public performance license. Regardless of whether or not an admission fee is charged, this legal requirement applies equally to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
"We are excited to be partnering with EGEDA and providing another way for our licensees to serve Spanish-speaking communities," said PJ Kuyper, president and CEO of the MPLC. "Our agreement furthers MPLC's commitment in providing the most diverse selection of available producers, giving our license holders an even broader variety of choices for their programming."
About the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
The MPLC was started more than 25 years ago by two motion picture studio executives and a Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) lawyer to provide legal public access to the work of the creative community. The MPLC is the world leader in motion picture copyright compliance representing over 500 studios and producers from major Hollywood and independent studios to television and foreign producers. The MPLC supports legal access across five continents and more than 25 countries and provides its Umbrella License to over 250,000 facilities in the United States and 450,000 worldwide. More information can be found at www.mplc.com.
EGEDA is a non-profit association and collecting society that provides services to audiovisual producers and the audiovisual industry as a whole. It represents and defends the interests of audiovisual producers worldwide, and is very active in the field of intellectual property rights management, as well as in the fight against piracy. EGEDA has operations in Spain, USA (in Los Angeles and Miami), and eight Latin American countries. More information can be found at www.egeda.com.