Re: Re: Unreleased British films legal on video in U.S.?
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on February 09, 2001 at 12:50:11:
In Reply to: Re: Unreleased British films legal on video in U.S.? posted by Rebecca on February 09, 2001 at 10:27:59:
: One seller says right on his ad that his video is a "foreign import, unlicenseed in the United States, and is hence considered public domain under th Berne Act."
: A mail order video business with catalogs and everything has almost nothing *but* these videos it claims are "public domain" by virtue of not being released in the United States.
Without research, my understanding of the law is that in the UK under Berne convention, no registration is required for a copyright.
I believe that there is treaty protection for about 100 countries. In order to sue a registration must be obtained. The copyright exists even without registration.
I am not aware of any public domain status because of publication in another country.
M. Arthur Auslander
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