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Film and Media Studies Resources @ Pitt

Information about film and media studies resources available to the Pitt community.

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 us 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 Stark Media Services if you have any questions or suggestions, or if you require any additional assistance!


About Stark Media Services: Stark Media Services, located in Hillman Library, provides access to more than 15,000 DVDs, videos, laserdiscs, and 16mm films. Most of this collection is circulating to Pitt users and anyone is welcome to view films in the library 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.

Teaching Center, Classroom Services

Pitt's Teaching Center provides many classroom services to faculty, including converting DVDs to streaming versions for class use in Panopto. Contact Classroom Services for further information. They are located in Alumni Hall Basement Level B10.

Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

At the website of the University of Pittsburgh's Film and Media 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.

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