Copyright law means care homes must pay


Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Whenever a care home staff member slides a video or DVD into the machine, the care home may be infringing copyright regulation, and maybe fined somewhere in the region of £5,000, if it hasn’t paid an annual fee to the licencing body, the Motion Picture Licencing Company (MPLC). Lesley Walsh, who manages a 10-be unit for young adults who are visually impaired and have learning difficulties, has written to Caring Times, asking that we look into the matter of care homes having to pay for licences to screen copyrighted material. “When we received a letter from MPLC saying we needed a licence to show videos and DVDs the reaction of staff was initially one of total disbelief and the inclination was to tear it up and forget it,” said Mrs Walsh. “Further investigation showed that the house, a 10-bed unit – is liable to a charge of £10 plus VAT per head. When queried, this was reduced to £5 plus VAT because we are RNIB affiliated. “When challenged further by our deputy manager it was reduced again to £3.





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