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Date:November 11th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Copyright used to be for 28 years, renewable for 28 more, and if the holder failed to renew the copyright, the work fell into public domain. That's undoubtedly what happened with the Hitchcock silents--they've been available as cheap public domain films since at least 2000. (The first DVD I ever bought was a cheap Laserlight double of NUMBER 17 and THE RING, before I even had a player!)
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Date:November 11th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Everything that wasn't American made and wasn't published in America within 30 days was returned to copyright by the URAA. (The Copyright Office's circular on this) Maybe these were rushed to the US to get a US copyright back when they were first made... or maybe whoever owns the copyright hasn't noticed or cared that they being reprinted.
Date:November 16th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)

Re: Newals

Basically, under GATT (URAA), starting in 1992 (not sure what the exact calendar date was??), anything that was still under copyright in its home country and had fallen out of copyright in the USA, was back under copyright in the USA. ( Notable example: The Ghoul starring Boris Karloff.)

I believe the exception to this would be a film that was released in the USA under a USA copyright notice and was a substantially different work. Mainly, this applies to stuff that had English dubbing applied. It's so different from the original work (entire soundtrack replaced) that it qualified as a substantively different, derivative work, under US copyright. And if that copyright registration was never renewed (film released prior to 1964), or never registered in the first place, or no notice placed on the film (prior to 1976) or had a faulty notice (prior to 1992), then the American dubbed version is considered to be PD.
Date:December 21st, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)


Saw the $5 Hitchcock and must admit it was very tempting. I mean, I've had all of them in two anthologies (at around $25 combined) for a year or so and I've never even looked them.

If it had all PD that I know of (it's missing "Murder!", which is on at least one brand of $1 DVD) I probably would have gotten the collection, even if I felt slightly dumb buying it yet again. One thing positive I can say about Mill Creek. Their collections take up much less shelf space than buying individual movies (or even the two anthology version I have).

Also, there's the quibble that it's 18 movies and two episodes of Hitchcock Presents: not 20 movies. (Yeah, I know they do that a lot, but they're not the only PD publisher that does.)

These same two episodes are in the previously mentioned anthologies. The odd thing is, he didn't direct either of them, so why single them out?

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