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Poster: jonc Date: Aug 22, 2011 8:14pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Copyrighted Movies?

It isn't necessarily the case and not all countries are under the Berne Convention. One notable exception is the movie Metropolis. This was PD in its country of origin, and most other countries, but under Uruguayan law it was under copyright, and by the GATT treaty, the US and Germany honored this copyright. Sound recordings published before 1972 are subject to state common law.

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Poster: jory2 Date: Aug 23, 2011 5:22pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Copyrighted Movies?

I was thinking of Metropolis when I was typing the post, funny you should bring that up.
We had a study group on the status of copyright and then to public domain, but even that film still has a rightful copyright owner.
I do agree with you in that anyone going to any website, especially a large website like the Internet Archive, should take a proactive approach getting familiar with laws and copyrights. Not so easy, there's a lot of 'em!