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Penn State is not able to grant permissions for use of material from the 1962 Obedience documentary. You may wish to contact Alexander Street Press, which distributes the film today as part of its Stanley Milgram Films on Social Psychology collection. You might also have success with Yale University, which holds an archive of Milgram's work.
Here is some additional information about the film that may assist you in your copyright search.
- A copyright notice in the title sequence of the film reads, "© Stanley Milgram, 1965. Reproduction in whole or in part is permitted for any purposes of the United States government."
- At the beginning of some versions of the film, a slide reads "The Pennsylvania State University / PCR / Films in the Behavioral Sciences." PCR stands for Psychological Cinema Register. The Psychological Cinema Register was published by the Audio-Visual Aids Library at Pennsylvania State University. A 1944 edition of the Register is open online in HathiTrust and includes a section on the The Nature and Purpose of the Psychological Cinema Register.
- The copyright in the film was registered in 1968. The number for the registration is MP0000018433. The registration record appears in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, in Volume 22, Parts 12–13, Number 2, on page 87.
- The copyright in the film was renewed in 1993. The number for the renewal is RE0000615278. The renewal record appears in the online Copyright Catalog.
For general information on copyright permission, we recommend the University of Michigan's guide Obtaining Copyright Permissions.
Depending on how you want to use material from the film, you may want to consider whether fair use would allow you to use that material without permission. A few excellent resources on fair use are:
- Fair Use in Seven Words, a short video from the University of Virginia Library
- Index of Fair Use Cases, from the U.S. Copyright Office
- Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use, from the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University
- For documentary filmmakers, we especially recommend the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use.