Re: Copyright

Jessica (
Tue, 26 Sep 2000 11:16:59 -0700 (PDT)

THis sounds a bit confusing Jim. It is DATE OF RELEASE plus 90 years,
PROVIDING that they did renew at the proper time in the past. Actually the
law did not effect any of the Turner stuff as they mainly colorized their
own already copyrighted films and as to people who colorized otherwise PD
films like SUDDENLY ( old "brown eyes" Sinatra in this version), they could
only copyright their version not the original b/w. It's a Wonderful Life was
as Dennis pointed out , copyrighted on various underlying rights


> From: Jim Scholtz <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 10:32:30 -0700 (PDT)
> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> Subject: Re: Copyright
> Say Becky, You are correct for now about the copyrighted work (for U.S.
> works being author's life plus 28 years renewable for an additional 28
> years. However, the law will be (or already has changed) to author's life
> plus 90 years for films. I know that you've received other e-mails on this
> topic from better informed sources than myself. As was said previously,
> this new law effects older films previously in the public domain like "It's
> a Wonderful Life" - boy if this law would have been in effect in the 80's
> Ted Turner wouldn't have made all that money colorizing B/W old films and
> destroying the masters, then applying for a new copyright. Darn it... Jim
> Scholtz.
> At 08:22 AM 9/26/00 -0700, you wrote:
>> Ignore my previous post for information re copyright. I found the
>> information and it is 28 years from the date of copyright on anything prior
>> to 1/1/78 unless renewed.
>> Sorry for the increase in traffic.
>> Becky Carolus
>> Administrative Assistant
>> MediaTech & UCIF
>> 203 Special Services Bldg.
>> 863-3101 / 863-2574 (fax)
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