United States copyright law clearly allows DVDs, videos, and films to be used for classroom instruction. As of October 24, 2012 (under US copyright law section 1201 updated every three years by the Librarian of Congress), professors and students are also permitted to use excerpts from motion pictures or films to create clip compilations and new works made for the purpose of criticism or comment, such as documentaries or "video essays."
Any other use may require a special license. This includes all film screenings open to the public or held in a public space, whether admission is charged or not. A guide to locating rights holders can be found here. Additional information is available on the Motion Picture Association of America's Public Performance Law website.
If you have any other questions, please ask a librarian or contact the Stark Media Services directly!
Welcome to the Film Studies Resources LibGuide! Here you'll find information about how to find research materials like articles and books, how to locate films and videos to watch, and where to go to learn about what's going on in the Pittsburgh film community. Please feel free to contact the Staff of Stark Media Services Center if you have any questions or suggestions, or if you require any additional assistance!
About the Stark Media Services Center: The Stark Media Services Center, which is located on the ground floor of Hillman Library, houses more than 15,000 DVDs, videos, laserdiscs, and 16mm films. Although this collection only circulates to faculty and graduate student instructors at the University of Pittsburgh, anyone is welcome to view films in the Center using our equipment. For more information about Stark Media Services, including our hours, an FAQ, and forms that faculty can use to place films on reserve or request that the library purchase new DVDs, films, or videos, please visit our website.
Films and videos are also available at each of the other four Pitt campuses. While the collections at Johnstown and Titusville only circulate to instructors, the films at Bradford and Greensburg can be checked out by anyone with a valid Pitt ID. For more information about the films at Greensburg, please visit the Carl F. Poke Media Collection website; to request films from another campus use the "Get It" function, for more information click here.
At the website of the University of Pittsburgh's Film Studies Program, you'll find course descriptions, information about how to major or minor in film studies at Pitt, a calendar of upcoming film events, and much, much more.
Updated with the assistance of Jessica Smith, MLIS Intern, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 2010-12.