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After researching this on the internet, it is illegal to show movies/appears to be what is called an umbrella license that is needed for senior living facilities (which is a shame since this is their residence). I do not know what the cost is but there is a site (https://seniorliving.mplc.org/ ) that has the necessary information. It is recommended to get the license.
Q: How much does the Umbrella License cost?
A: Pricing for senior living and health care communities is based on the number of closed circuit connections on your campus or the number of units/rooms. Pricing is facility based.
Q: We want to license multiple communities. What is the next step?
A: The Umbrella License is facility based. If you wish to license multiple locations, please contact an MPLC Licensing Representative at (800) 462-8855 or via web for pricing assistance.
A Licensing Representative can walk you through the licensing process and review any applicable group discounts.
Note this license needs to be renewed on a yearly basis.
I like to show short movies because attention spans can be short
Another thing is interactive watching. Watching movies is not therapeutic nor an activity, but a "filler" If you are interacting with the folks and sharing, talking singing along with them, this is more of an activity. This could include sports games, curling, football, the Olympic games; some of the more competitive sports people love to watch on TV.
I also enjoy discussing the news with independent residents who enjoy ther own leisure time watching the news on their own TV's , more of an interactive and intellectual discussion or debate.
I also use my own personal dvd's I bring from home and put them into my lab top and show them on a big screen along with popcorn of course! I use the input on the computer to plug into a pa system for sound and use a projector. it works really well. No big screen if you have a projector just show on a wall.
You can put net flix on your computer as well so you can project movies onto a wall or screen that way also.
I did find that some residence lose interest in movies and would rather do other things
Keep this in mind
What about YouTube or regular TV
Many of those on YouTube you have to pay for
Regular TV you have to look at the TV schedule and schedule a movie for when it is on the TV
The other option is to rent the movie from a video store if there any around you
Here are some movies suggestions
It cannot be planned, organised or charged (gold coin type situation). All you can do is to put a disc on for someone, and have other people in the room at the same time, like you would in your own lounge room. But the moment it's organised, advertised etc, it becomes a theatrical showing and must be licensed. The Australian Copyright Council has information about this specifically for residential aged care.
However there are a couple of things that you can do to get around this. If you know the copyright holder, you can ask for permission. Get it in writing if you can, but if you have their permission it overwrites pretty much anything. This maybe someone who filmed everything around them in home movies, or a filmmaker that you know.
Or you can hire your movies from a distributor which includes the licence to show it an audience, and even collect money for it depending of the licence conditions. Some distributors are very reasonable in their pricing and a film can cost as little $30 for a month's hire.
Also burnt discs are illegal and there are only certain circumstances where they are legal, but pretty much never is the answer for them. And working in aged care will not stop you being fined, and in the case of a local worker, her employer refused to pay the fine and she had to pay all of it.