Copyright laws protect the intellectual property of writers and creators of movies and other artistic works. Copyright laws related to motion pictures include the sale, distribution, or copying of movies without the permission of the owner of the copyright. Those copyright laws related to motion pictures include using even a portion of the film in a montage or the use of the film as a whole.
When an individual views a movie at the theater, the theater has the express permission to charge individuals admission fees to view that film. The same laws apply to video rental stores, which allow individuals to rent a movie to view it in their home. However, individuals may not rent a movie to show it for a profit, according to the copyright laws related to motion pictures.