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Public domain and movies. Are movies originally made between 1939-1963 in the Public Domain? Jesse_Smith msg:779256 9:38 am on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0) Are movies that were originally made between 1939-1963 in the Public Domain? I got a bunch of new DVDs of movies that were originally made back then and no where on the case does it even say anything about a copyright.
Leosghost msg:779257 11:26 am on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)
No they're not ..play them ..the copyright info actually only needs to be in the "credits" ..and for law not even there . Dan_Norder msg:779258 3:19 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)
Some may be, but I wouldn't assume so unless you had someone who knows the changing copyright laws during various years thoroughly research it. The vast majority wouldn't be public domain. streetshirts msg:779259 9:44 pm on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)
The movies might well be, like books where copyright expires after a certain number of years, and classical music.
However, it is possible to own the copyright for a current recording or print (layout) of one of these, so while the movie MAY be public domain, the recording almost certainly is not.
So, you can't copy the DVDs!
martinibuster msg:779260 9:45 pm on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)
Many of these laws serve to protect Mickey Mouse [ writ.news.findlaw.com].