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davidw said:When I was a member of a health club, well over 30 years ago, the management held "Movie Night" every Wednesday after 6PM. On "Movie Night", the club would show 2 movies they rented from the local BlockBuster on a big screen TV in the lobby. The movies chosen was based on members request. They gave away free popcorn and lost money selling beer for $1 a pitcher. This was just something they did as a perk for members (and any guest visiting the club at the time). This went on for over a year, until one day a lawyer representing the movie industry showed up and told the club owner to stop it or face copyright infringement charges.
It seems that even though the club was not directly profiting money wise, from showing rental movies in their club for their members, the club gain the goodwill of their members. Plus any non members that happened to be in the club at that night, might be more tempted to join. And not to mention that anyone staying to watch the movies that didn't drink beer, might buy other beverages that the club do profit from. That counts as "commercial value" and would be copyright infringement if a business were to take advantage of that, without the copyright owners permission.
So if you're a private individual, and you throw a party for fifty of your friends and show the movie while they're there, that's a sort of edge-case, but arguably private.If you're a club, and you throw a party for fifty of your members and show the movie while they're there, you need to license it.
b) I was very careful, and very deliberate, with my wording. As is apparent from this article, the prerequisite "cold, dead wrists" are not necessarily something that would stop someone.
That's what "apparently" means.
I put that word there explicitly so that it couldn't be construed as a threat.