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

From: Dennis Doros <milefilms@gmail.com>
Date: Wed Aug 19 2009 - 08:32:10 PDT

Dear Marilyn,
Well, just because it's everywhere, it doesn't mean that it isn't
copyrighted -- there's a lot of "misuse" of material, but in this case, your
professor is absolutely right. The film is in the PD and though that version
(particularly the English intertitles) may be possibly copyrighted, the odds
with this title is that it isn't. There's a listserv, KineJapan, that has
dealt with recent developments in Japanese copyright law which was revised
to 50 years after a film's release and hence threatened the copyright status
of major films like Rashomon. There are still court cases pending on that.
HOWEVER, that doesn't really effect a 1927 film which will remain PD even
after the decisions are made. I'm sure if you got on that listerserv, one of
the expert will be glad to run developments over with you.

Dennis

On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 11:19 AM, Marilyn Huntley <mhuntley@hamilton.edu>wrote:

> 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
>
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