Columbia Pictures Indus. v. Redd Horne, Inc.

749 F.2d 154 (3d Cir. 1984)

This case centered around Maxwell's Video Showcase, an establishment that allowed patrons to pay a fee to enter a small viewing room and watch a pre-recorded movie in relative comfort. This business model was found to infringe Columbia's public performance right.

InMotion Pictures offers rental of a portable DVD player and movies for passenger use on airplanes and in airports. LodgeNet (now called SONFI) maintains a software package used in many hotels that provides in-room pay-per-view movies and games. Based on Redd Horne, do you think either of these business models requires a license?