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Public domain and movies.

Are movies originally made between 1939-1963 in the Public Domain?

     
9:38 am on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Are movies that were originally made between 1939-1963 in the Public Domain? I got a bunch of new DVDs of movies that were originally made back then and no where on the case does it even say anything about a copyright.
11:26 am on July 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No they're not ..play them ..the copyright info actually only needs to be in the "credits" ..and for law not even there .
3:19 am on July 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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.
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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!

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Many of these laws serve to protect Mickey Mouse [writ.news.findlaw.com].