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Films in the May 4 Collection: Restricted Films & Film Footage

What are duplication restrictions?

Most of the films, film footage, and documentaries in the May 4 Collection have duplication restrictions. This simply means that these materials are available for personal research purposes only and cannot be duplicated with intent to publish or broadcast without prior permission from the copyright holder(s).

If you are seeking films and film footage to be used for a published paper, project, website, film, broadcast, or other type of use beyond personal research, we cannot provide duplications for you, unless you first secure permission from the relevant copyright holder(s).

If your use is for personal research or educational purposes (e.g. use in a student paper), please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives for assistance in how to access needed films and film footage for these purposes.

What's the big deal about copyright?

In many cases, the Department of Special Collections and Archives and Kent State University do not own the copyright to materials held in our archival collections. The copyright holder is very often the person, corporation, or organization who originally made the film. It is your own responsibility to secure formal, written permission from the copyright holder(s) if you intend to use their work for purposes other than research.