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Nov. 29th, 2007 @ 03:54 pm
|This set offers some of the best transfers I've ever seen on budget DVDs of public domain fare. The Dick Tracy and Sherlock Holmes movies, save for the last one in the set (Can't currently remember the title.) are all near the quality of an official studio-released DVD.
I can practically guarantee you that this means they stole transfers from a laserdisc or DVD (either from an official release or from a Roan Group restoration).
So they DO steal transfers from other people. Is that even legal? Or do the people they're stealing from just not give a rat's ass?
Legally, under US law, a new copyright requires creative acts. Mere copying does not get a new copyright; the establishing case had to do with high-quality photographs of paintings, which are hard to get access to and complex to copy well, like movies. That is, I'd say it's well-established that a simple transfer gets no copyright. No matter how much work you put into making a better copy, as long as it's simply a better copy of the original, there shouldn't get a new copyright. A court suit might get somewhere, but the precedent is against them.
Although the company that made the restored version could sue'em over the breaking of the copy-protection on their DVD...
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