Motion Picture Licensing

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Movies at the Senior Center

The Massachusetts Association of Council on Aging (MCOA) has a long-standing working relationship with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) to provide members with a discount on the MPLC Umbrella License® which allows senior centers to play movies legally for activities and events.

Would your center like to schedule a senior matinée, holiday movie, or classic film festival? Have you ever considered the legal implications of the FBI warning at the beginning of the movie? Senior centers that wish to play films in any legal format, whether purchased via DVD or iTunes download, borrowed from a library or Redbox, or streamed via services like Hulu, Amazon, or Netflix, must have a public performance license to comply with the U.S. Copyright Act. While non-compliance carries steep and significant penalties, it is equally important to program activities at your center legally and with integrity.

The MPLC Umbrella License was created in response to the growing demand for motion picture programming. This annual license keeps you safe from the fines and embarrassment that a copyright violation can impose upon your center, and gives you low-cost access to tens of thousands of popular titles from over 650 producers, ranging from major Hollywood studios like Disney, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox, to independent, foreign, and family values producers.

Our members can purchase an annual license from the MPLC at a reduced rate of over 35% off the standard non-member rate:

  • MCOA Members: $205
  • Non-Members: $325

If you currently show movies at your senior center or wish to start, you need the Umbrella License. Classic films, educational programs, holiday favorites, and movie matinees are all a click away with a public performance license from the MPLC.

To ensure copyright compliance at your senior center, simply complete the application provided in the custom brochure for MCOA members. For questions and additional information about the MPLC's simple and affordable license, please contact the MPLC directly at (800) 462-8855 to take advantage of the MCOA member discount. If you are currently an MPLC license holder, there is no need to complete an application; the MPLC will send you a renewal license and invoice directly.

Obtaining the Umbrella License is a simple one-step process that will allow your seniors to enjoy Hollywood movies and give you legal peace of mind.

Download the customized brochure for MCOA members to see details on licensing (PDF).

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