Denver, CO asked in Copyright for Colorado

Q: Colorado private property courtyard movie legal if limited audio dist, video <, access, few invited friends & neighbors?

Could I tape off / guard entry access to a small apartment courtyard (outside), keeping volume below 'coherent & audible' levels to the sidewalk to watch a DVD that I own (non-public-license), not well-viewable from sidewalk, if I invite a few neighbors & friends (10 max) verbally (no advertisement of 'event'), getting definite # to come and have it be fully legal?

We have no gates due to this being elderly/disabled housing of 15 people. Property is already marked with signage "private property, invited guests only" on two of four possible entry routes (2 unpaved gaps). Property is partially walled, could be blocked with caution tape?

Or is this too sensitive and best not to try?

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1 Lawyer Answer
John Espinosa
John Espinosa
  • Lowell, MA

A: Copyright law allows viewing of your DVD with family and a close circle of friends in a private setting, as long as they are not being charged for the viewing. Your proposal may or may not fit into that. Your choice to take the risk or not. Here is a helpful resource:

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