Re: Question: Film Copyright Time Limit?
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on May 31, 2001 at 04:52:33:
In Reply to: Question: Film Copyright Time Limit? posted by Marcus on May 30, 2001 at 18:11:24:
: I am making a short educational film for a non-profit organisation using documentary footage from World Wars 1 & 2 and would like to know how long copyright lasts on this kind of footage. And is footage from World War 1 & 2 now out of copyright? If not, is there a repository somewhere of uncopyrighted material from that era. Where do we stand legally with regard to using copyright material. Thanks you.
The Copyright Office say that works prior to 1923 are in the public domain. While the is true reproductions of works are registerable as copyrights. If there is no copyright notice there may be safety until you have been notified.
Start with the Bettman Archive, they may be able to serve you or give you the lead you need.
M. Arthur Auslander
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