CineFiles and Copyright

The materials gathered and made accessible through the CineFiles database are to be used solely for the purposes of education and scholarship. The Pacific Film Archive does not hold rights to the documents in its collection. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material, and neither can it give or deny permission to publish or distribute these documents.

Some materials in the database may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and/or by the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations. It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials from the Pacific Film Archive's collection. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use usually requires the written permission of copyright owners.

The Pacific Film Archive has made every effort to identify the copyright owners of documents in its collections, and has only posted reproductions of documents with the permission of known copyright holders. However, the nature of archival collections is such that copyright may often be difficult to determine. Information on copyright owners is included in the indexing for each document, if known. This information is intended to assist users of the CineFiles database to determine appropriate use of an item, but that determination ultimately rests with the patron.

Note to Copyright Holders
The Pacific Film Archive is eager to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified so that the appropriate information may be provided in the future. You can contact the PFA Library at

Other Resources
More information about copyright is available from the United States Copyright Office. You can also visit the PFA Library's website on the IMLS-funded Copyright Resources Project, for information on working with copyright-protected materials in a digital-environment.