Get the popcorn ready
Residents of nursing homes once again can safely watch “Space Cowboys,” “The Bucket List,” or any DVD movie they dang please now that an agreement has been struck with the Motion Picture Licensing Corp.
The problem regarding movie viewing in nursing homes first surfaced in the early 1990s when the licensing collection agent for the movie industry started billing nursing homes for the movies they were watching. Unsurprisingly, the public—and Congress—didn’t like that too much and an agreement was hammered out leaving nursing homes off the hook, says Dianne De La Mare, vice president of regulatory affairs for the American Health Care Association, a nursing home group.
Even though that agreement expired in 2000, nursing homes remained safe from the licensing corporation’s fee requests until recently, with the MPLC unhappy that such places as continuing-care retirement communities were showing movies on closed-circuit television.
Now, another agreement has been reached between the MPLC, the AHCA, LeadingAge and the National Center for Assisted Living that leaves nursing homes and assisted-living facilities off the hook for licensing fees of movies shown in common rooms. Without getting into too much detail, everyone else has to pay something, depending on the facilities’ size, the wealth of the residents and where it’s being watched.