Re: [Videolib] Public domain? "A Page of Madness"

From: Charles Mccann <cmccann@fsu.edu>
Date: Wed Aug 19 2009 - 08:31:09 PDT

This might help:

http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm

----- Original Message -----
From: Marilyn Huntley <mhuntley@hamilton.edu>
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 11:21 am
Subject: [Videolib] Public domain? "A Page of Madness"
To: Videolib <videolib@lists.berkeley.edu>

> Hello,
> A professor has asked our AV department to make a DVD copy from a
> homemade VHS copy of the 1927 Japanese film directed by Teinosuke
> Kinugasa, "A Page of Madness" (also known by its original title,
> "Kurutta ippeiji," and various other spellings). She claims it
> isn't a
> copyrighted movie. We are, to say the least, a bit dubious. One
> release
> in the U.S. was by New Line Cinema in 1975, and another release was
> by
> Sunland Video in the 1990's.
>
> I found the movie in a number of places on the internet, but if it
> isn't
> in the public domain, then some of the sources are not on the up-
> and-up.
> I trust Facets Multimedia, but how about YouTube, or
> NotAvailableOnDVD.com, or ipb.quicksilverscreen.com, or
> moviesumo.com,
> or Silent Screen Movie Classics at pkavel.tripod.com, or
> lostsilver.com?
> What's the verdict? Public domain or not? Thanks!
>
> Marilyn Huntley
>
> --
>
> Marilyn B. Huntley, Staff Assistant/ Film Specialist:
> Scheduling; purchases, rentals, previews; licensing & copyright
> A-V Services, 408 C. A. Johnson Hall
> Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Rd., Clinton, NY 13323
> Phone 315-859-4120; Fax 315-859-4984
> e-mail mhuntley@hamilton.edu
>
>

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