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

From: Marilyn Huntley <mhuntley@hamilton.edu>
Date: Wed Aug 19 2009 - 08:19:17 PDT

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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