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Poster: Geonsey Date: Jan 14, 2006 11:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Theme songs in PD TV shows...

Hi... If a PD episode of, oh, let's say, Beverly Hillbillies or Dick Van Dyke Show, contains the original theme song, is it still public domain? I've bought some DVD TV compilations, and one comp has an episode with their own generic music while the other has the same episode with the original theme music (which I prefer). Now, would the latter DVD publisher have had to pay royalties on the theme song? Or is it part of the episode which has fallen into the PD? (Music commissioned for the film-- at least in Motion Pictures-- is still PD if it is in the actual PD film, right? Is that the same for TV shows?) Anyway, not sure if this is the forum for this question, but I've been curious to know... Thanks in advance. -G.

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Poster: k-otic Date: Jan 15, 2006 2:47am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Theme songs in PD TV shows...

[off topic]say do you feel like uploading those episodes specialy those Dick van Dyke Shows to the Archive ?? [/off topic]

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Poster: Geonsey Date: Jan 15, 2006 10:03am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Theme songs in PD TV shows...

There are only 6 episodes of Dick Van Dyke in PD. I do have them with the original theme song. First, are they o.k. to post here (i) with the theme song and (ii) ok to post in the motion picture section? Here are the titles: Never Name a Duck; Bank Book 6565696; Hustling the Hustler; Give Me Your Walls; A Man's Teeth are Not His Own; The Night The Roof Fell In.