Generally speaking, video tapes and DVDs that are purchased, rented, or checked out of the library are for home viewing purposes, unless you have a license to use them elsewhere. That means no license is required to view a recording in your dorm room, or with family or friends. However, any public display - on campus or off - requires a license, unless the display qualifies for the face-to-face teaching exemption, as discussed below. There is a common misconception that you only need a license if you plan to charge a fee to view the movie. Even where do you not plan to charge a fee, you must secure a license unless the narrow face-to-face teaching exemption applies.
To obtain a public performance license, you need to contact a licensing organization. Major firms that handle these licenses include: