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

From: John Streepy <John.Streepy@cwu.EDU>
Date: Wed Aug 19 2009 - 08:46:03 PDT

Correct me if I am wrong, but also couldn't New Line (or some other distributor) copyright their translation if the film features a new dub or if silent new title cards
jhs

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>>> Jessica Rosner <maddux2014@gmail.com> 8/19/2009 8:25 AM >>>
It is very unlikely that is PD Even if it was originally it could easily have been RETROACTIVELY copyrighted under GATT. It is true that some rights holders are sloppy and the only way you can know for sure at least if it is currently PD would be through the copyright office of the Library of Congress but I don't know how the on line searches work or if they are really reliable . Dennis ?

Also the film was released in the US in the 80s by New Line Cinema and my guess is that is the basis of your Profs copy so the other element here is if

the SCORE is copyrighted.

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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