Help Protect Your Gundaroo Film Society
I’m sure you have all seen the copyright warning when playing movies at home.
That warning has two purposes:
to make sure people know the rules, and
to demonstrate in court that offenders knowingly cheated.
The Gundaroo Film Society does not have a very expensive commercial licence to show films to the public. So, if we admit members of the public to our screenings, we can be fined thousands of dollars (and your committee members could face criminal charges).
The NSW Federation of Film Societies has negotiated far cheaper copyright fees for us provided our screenings are viewed:
only by registered members, and
by members’ guests “on their way” to becoming members (i.e. briefly they can be tyre kickers).
Tickets to individual screenings are not permitted under this discount arrangement.
To meet our legal responsibilities and to be able to show that we do (or at least try hard to), all members must register their attendance on entry to the hall. Members must also register the names of their guests. This allows us to operate legally and provides an audit trail, should it be required.
A full-year member can invite THREE GUESTS OVER THE ANNUAL PROGRAM. A half-year member can invite ONE guest.
On some occasions we do pay a high commercial screening fee for our opening premier film so that the general public can come freely and get a sense of what it would be like to attend our screenings. Since the onset of COVID-19 the opening screening has not enabled the public to attend.
The Gundaroo Film Society provides a great local social event, and your continued help in avoiding threats to its existence is important.
Register yourself and any guests on entry to every screening.