CineFiles Accounts and Privacy Policy

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Most documents in the CineFiles database are protected under United States copyright. Many document images are freely available, either through agreements with publishers or through an assessment of fair use as a research service of an academic library. However, some documents are explicitly restricted from being freely available online.When you create a CineFiles account, we grant you individual, research-only access to documents that are strictly reserved for such personal use, following sections 107 (Fair Use) and 108 (Reproduction by Libraries and Archives) of the U.S. Copyright Act. By creating an account and/or logging in, you acknowledge these terms and assume responsibility for complying with these and any other applicable terms.

Account features

With a CineFiles account, you can:

  • Access otherwise restricted documents

  • Save searches so that you can return to them later

  • View and manage your private search history

  • Bookmark records to save a library of your favorite documents and films

Creating an account

To create an account, please fill out this form. You will be asked to provide an email address and to create a password of at least 6 characters. When you sign up you will be logged in and remain logged in until you log out or clear your browser’s cache.

Recovering your password

If you forgot your account password, you can request a password reset from the Login page.

Privacy Statement

CineFiles, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the University of California, Berkeley take your privacy very seriously. We will never share your User Personal Information with third parties for any reason. This Privacy Statement outlines how we use the limited personal information that we collect.

What we do not collect

We do not collect Sensitive Personal Information. We do not collect any personal information without your consent.

What we do collect

CineFiles may automatically collect anonymous information about your activity on the CineFiles website using third-party cookies. This is used for analytics, which we use for statistical reporting and to guide future development of the CineFiles project. Documents that are restricted due to copyright require a user to create an account and log in for full access, with the following conditions:

  • The Blacklight framework uses cookies to keep you logged in during your session.

  • The email address you provide is stored securely on UC Berkeley servers.

How we use your information

We compile aggregate statistical metadata about how people use CineFiles in order to guide decisions about future efforts on the project, and to demonstrate our impact to funders. Anonymous analytics also help us improve the functionality of the CineFiles website.

How we secure your information

CineFiles takes all reasonable measures to secure your data, in accordance with UC Berkeley security policies. We aim to protect your confidentiality and the security of your information.

Deleting User Personal Information

You can delete your account at any time by logging in, going to your account page (click on your username in the top navigation bar), and clicking on Cancel My Account. If you decide that you would like your User Personal Information deleted completely from our servers, please make a request at any time. We will take action on these requests as quickly as possible. Requests to remove stored personal information may be sent to