What are the laws surrounding the showing of a movie to the public in a bar or restaurant in Denver, Colorado?
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As previously mentioned, you will almost certainly need a license for any showing that takes place at a public venue and/or that includes persons other than your immediate family and friends.
In cases like these, your exposure may be somewhat limited, but you are rolling the dice. I recently settled a lawsuit for a client who showed a pay-per-view fight at his little restaurant without the proper license. No fun.
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Not without a license, no. It doesn't matter that you're not charging a separate fee for the film, this is still a "public performance."
See your own IP lawyer for help.
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Generally, for public performance of a movie covered by a copyright still in force, one typically would at least, need to obtain a public performance license.
The below link may be helpful.
You should discuss with an intellectual property attorney in a private consultation.
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