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A guide to resources for Dr. Robert Matson's HIST1505: Film and History course.

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This course guide will assist you in finding film reviews and scholarly materials, such as articles and books, as well as films to watch for your group and individual projects. Please don't hesitate to contact me or stop by the library to talk with a librarian if you have any questions or require additional assistance!


DVD cover for Gentleman's Agreement DVD cover for American Graffiti  DVD cover for The Theory of Everything


Portions of this guide are from the guide, Film Studies Resources @ Pitt.

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.



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