Ask Jean! Movie Rights for Professional Use

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| August 21, 2007

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Hi Jean,

As I’m designing corporate training classes I often have topics where it would be instructive to show brief excerpts from movies.

If I want to do that, is it necessary to get the studio’s permission–and how would I go about obtaining it? I’m wondering if there’s a relatively straightforward process for doing that. I don’t have lots of time or money to spend on it.


Dear Patrick,

You need to have a license for the movie clips you want to include in class. But, fortunately the Motion Picture Licensing Corp. has a way to do this that is fairly simple and inexpensive. Go to and click on Umbrella License and contact them about obtaining a license to do what you want to do.


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