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English Department Orientation - Oakland Campus

Guide to resources and services available to graduate students in Pitt's English Department.

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.

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!

Fair Use of DVDs, Videos, and Films

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.

Additional information about copyright and fair use can be found from the ULS at What is Fair Use? and Showing Films, Videos, and TV Programs.

There is more information at the Association of Research Libraries' Copyright & Intellectual Policies page and the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center.

If you have any other questions, please ask a librarian or contact the Stark Media Services directly!

Film Studies Resources @ Pitt