Using PBS Content

How do I obtain public performance rights for a show?
Usage of our videos in a public performance type of setting is dependent upon whether the shows one purchases come with AV (limited public performance) rights. Many of our shows that are available for purchase at http://teacher.shop.pbs.org/ come with AV rights, which include the limited license to exhibit the show as long as no admission fee is charged, and the viewing is in accordance with the following guidelines:  In-Room Use. Customer has the right to exhibit the Shows to an unlimited number of viewers where all viewers, monitor(s), and playback units are in the same room ("in-room use"). Such exhibition shall be in accordance with the Arrangement indicated on the Invoice and during the period applicable thereto. Customer acknowledges that the Shows may not be duplicated, broadcast, transmitted by cable, transmitted on any open circuit system, or otherwise transmitted in digital or analog form, unless otherwise specified herein or agreed to by PBS in writing.  Limited Instructional Television Fixed Service ("Limited ITFS") and Closed-Circuit Television ("CCTV"). Unless otherwise specified the AV Program price includes the right to transmit or exhibit the Shows over ITFS and CCTV limited to transmission within a building, single campus, or cluster of buildings, where those rights are available.  Digital/Wide Access Network. Shows MAY NOT be distributed through any wide access network (i.e., open cable, broadcast, LAN, Web, etc.), digitized, and/or placed on a digital server.  For more information, please visit the PBS Shop for Teachers Website at: http://teacher.shop.pbs.org/helpdesk/index.jsp?display=shopping&subdisplay=holidayReturns  http://teacher.shop.pbs.org/helpdesk/index.jsp?display=shopping&subdisplay=purchMO 
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 7:42 AM
Can I put the PBS logo on my website?
If you would like to place the PBS logo on your website, please contact us with your request.
Thu, 8 Oct, 2015 at 11:08 AM
Can I redistribute, or use articles and content found on the PBS Parents or Teachers website?
You may use and reproduce articles and content found on the PBS Parents and Teachers websites. You may not, however, charge for the information that you are using or distributing, and each article used must include proper sourcing (i.e. "This information was provided by PBS Parents/PBS Teachers") and the content's URL web address on the pbs.org site.
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 7:43 AM
I want to put a link on my website to pbs.org. Can I do that?
You can place a link to PBS.org on your website, provided you clearly indicate the link is for “PBS.” Please note that PBS.org content cannot be reproduced for commercial purposes, and use of any PBS content must include a citation of the appropriate website address. Unfortunately, PBS does not link to unsolicited web addresses.
Thu, 8 Oct, 2015 at 11:12 AM
I want to use PBS.org content (images, text, clips, video). Can I do that?
To use images, text, or other content from a PBS Show website for online or print publication, please send your request to the producers of that website, as they have the authority to grant permission or can direct you to their original source. You can find PBS show producer contact information on the show site itself or on our Program Contacts page. Be sure to include the exact address of the website where the content is located.  To use images, text, or other content from other areas of PBS.org that are not part of show websites, contact us.
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 7:46 AM
I am a teacher and I want to hold a screening of a PBS show for my students. Can I do that?
Under the Fair Use Guidelines of United States Copyright Law, teachers have rights to record any broadcast off television (any station) and use the recording for the next 10 days in the classroom. PBS has negotiated with content producers for an even longer period for most PBS shows in an attempt to facilitate the following: Teacher integration of shows into the curriculum when appropriate, rather than within ten days after broadcast;  Teacher/School preview of a show by several teachers to facilitate a potential decision to purchase an extended license and/or a packaged video with Teacher Guide.  Most PBS shows have one year Educational Rights from the original broadcast date. This means that you can record a PBS show and show that recording in the classroom for one year following the date the show originally aired. Information regarding the rights related to shows that have been recorded is available on our PBS LearningMedia website.  If you would like to purchase a copy of a PBS show for educational use in the future, usage of our videos in a classroom setting is dependent upon whether the show comes with AV rights. To order a show, please contact Shop PBS at 1-800-531-4727 or for more information about PBS Educational Media, please visit the PBS Shop for Teachers website. Items that include audio visual rights are designated as "AV" items and include the limited license to exhibit the show in accordance with the following guidelines: In-Room Use. Customer has the right to exhibit the Shows to an unlimited number of viewers where all viewers, monitor(s), and playback units are in the same room ("in-room use"). Such exhibition shall be in accordance with the Arrangement indicated on the Invoice and during the period applicable thereto. Customer acknowledges that the Shows may not be duplicated, broadcast, transmitted by cable, transmitted on any open circuit system, or otherwise transmitted in digital or analog form.   Limited Instructional Television Fixed Service ("Limited ITFS") and Closed-Circuit Television ("CCTV"). Unless otherwise specified the AV Program price includes the right to transmit or exhibit the Shows over ITFS and CCTV limited to transmission within a building, single campus, or cluster of buildings, where those rights are available.  Digital/Wide Access Network. Shows MAY NOT be distributed through any wide access network (i.e., open cable, broadcast, LAN, Web, etc.), digitized, and/or placed on a digital server.  For more information, please visit the Customer Service page on the PBS Shop for Teachers website.
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 7:55 AM
How can I use footage seen in a PBS show in my own production?
As the national membership organization of public television stations, PBS acquires show rights and distributes shows to its member stations. Since PBS is not a production entity, we are not able to assist with requests for footage. You can check directly with the producers of the show you are interested in to see if you may obtain permission from them to use footage. Contact information for most PBS shows can be found on the individual show website or the PBS Program Contacts page located at All Shows A-Z or Program Contacts. You may also wish to check Footage.net, a virtual stock footage catalog with the latest information and clips from A.R.I.Q. Footage, ABCNEWS VideoSource, Archive Films/Archive Photos, Budget Films, CASCOM, CNN ImageSource, Fabulous Footage, Film Bank, Grinberg Film Libraries, Reuters Television, Streamline Film Archives, and much more.  You may also be interested in stock footage available from our Boston member station, WGBH. For more information, please visit the WGBH Stock Sales website.
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 8:05 AM
I want to screen a PBS program at a public event. Can I do that?
Usage of our videos in a public performance type of setting is dependent upon whether the programs one purchases come with AV (limited public performance) rights. Many of our programs that are available for purchase at http://teacher.shop.pbs.org/ come with AV rights, which include the limited license to exhibit the program as long as no admission fee is charged, and the viewing is in accordance with the following guidelines: In-Room Use. Customer has the right to exhibit the Programs to an unlimited number of viewers where all viewers, monitor(s), and playback units are in the same room ("in-room use"). Such exhibition shall be in accordance with the Arrangement indicated on the Invoice and during the period applicable thereto. Customer acknowledges that the Programs may not be duplicated, broadcast, transmitted by cable, transmitted on any open circuit system, or otherwise transmitted in digital or analog form. Limited Instructional Television Fixed Service ("Limited ITFS") and Closed-Circuit Television ("CCTV"). Unless otherwise specified the AV Program price includes the right to transmit or exhibit the Programs over ITFS and CCTV limited to transmission within a building, single campus, or cluster of buildings, where those rights are available. Digital/Wide Access Network. Programs MAY NOT be distributed through any wide access network (i.e., open cable, broadcast, LAN, Web, etc.), digitized, and/or placed on a digital server. For more information, please visit the PBS Shop for Teachers Web site at PBS Educational Media Helpdesk.
Mon, 30 Nov, 2015 at 1:51 PM