Re: Items in the Public Domain

Kino International Corporation (kinoint@infohouse.com)
Sat, 19 Oct 1996 13:02:15 -0500

I am not aware of any up to date list of PD titles, but I would take such
lists with caution. Any American titles which have gone PD should be
safe,but keep in mind just because the film or image is PD, it is possible
that other elements like the music or other rights are not. The much bigger
problem is non-American material which in the past has been PD. One of the
provisions of the GATT treaty was to retroactively re-copyright most non
American films. This means that all that stuff from RULES OF THE GAME to
The Lady Vanishes etc that had been in fact PD, no longer are. There is
still plenty of PD material out there, but you have to be careful.

Sincerely

Jessica Rosner
Kino

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