Re: [Videolib] Dragnet public domain?

From: Foster, Jennifer <>
Date: Tue Oct 13 2009 - 15:40:24 PDT

The Internet Archive ( has been around for years and years - actually Wikipedia says 1996. It was the brainchild of Brewster Kahle, well-known internet guru. It was created to try and keep a history of the internet, and captures images of web sites at various times to try and accomplish that. I used to use it all the time when I was in the tech industry, as all those companies in the dot-bomb era went under and their sites went away. You can read about it here: - the story is well-documented...jen



Jennifer Foster
Media Librarian
The Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library




From: [] On Behalf Of Jackson, Sandra F.
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:32 PM
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Subject: [Videolib] Dragnet public domain?


Is anyone familiar with the website? Does it tend to be accurate? I don't deal with television copyrights, but I thought they also fell under the 75 years category.


A local filmmaker wanted to prove that Dragnet - The Big Oskar - was now in the public domain and used this link to prove his point: Under the "View movie" box on the left, there is a box that says "No Rights Reserved" and when the mouse is put on it, it says "Public Domain."


I know we've also talked about public domain being tricky, because the video and music may be copyrighted differently.






Sandra F. Jackson
Film Program Coordinator
Lumina Theater & Sharky's Box Office
UNCW Presents
The University of North Carolina Wilmington

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