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Poster: CRASH0VERRID3 Date: May 24, 2016 10:50am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Brain that Wouldn't Die- Public Domain record

Hey folks. Long time listener, first time caller.

I'm having some trouble understanding a copyright record from the film The Brain that Wouldn't Die. Specifically, PA0000399511 dated 9-29-1988.

The film itself is widley known to be in the PD. Do what is this specific record protecting? It does not mention any reasoning for the submission. Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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Poster: oldbones Date: May 24, 2016 3:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Brain that Wouldn't Die- Public Domain record

The reasoning for the copyright can be found in the "Basis of Claim" Section, which reads "New Matter: additional cinematographic material."

Translated from government speak it simply means that 'Best Brains Inc', applied for and received a copyright after recording new material and placing it in the original pd movie. The new material could have been a talking brain, a travelogue of the Grand Canyon or what have you. As long as Best Brains Inc held the copyright for making the new material, they may file. You also can do the same thing, as long as you start with the original pd movie.

I am not a fan of SciFi, and do not know whether or not Best Brains has done anything else along these lines during the run of mystery science theatre.