Thursday, March 27, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. It's starting to look like the appearance of spring the other week was just a false alarm. Stop playing jokes on us, weather!

2. Professional hockey is changing its playoff rules this year. Now, the best three teams in each time zone automatically make it to the playoffs. The other four playoff spots go to the top four remaining teams, with two on the west coast and two on the east coast.

3. I have a copy of Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase (the 1939 movie) ready to be uploaded, but I have no idea how to determine if it is public domain or not. Any suggestions? I don't want Warner Brothers to sue me for putting one of their movies on my Youtube channel. Yakko, Wakko and Dot are kind of harsh.


Shainnen Somerville said...

Just be cautious. It's better then to give them credit, verses not giving them credit at all and then you'll get in trouble for it.

Sparksbet said...

I am no expert - I'm getting all this information from the internet - so no promises as to the accuracy of my advice.
Since the movie is a derivative work of a book, the copyright on both the movie and the original book must expire for it to become public domain. When copyright expires depends on when the book was published, because copyright laws have changed throughout the years.
Since the book was first published in 1930 and the movie came out (which I think constitutes publishing for films) in 1939, both are under the copyright laws that span from 1923-1963. Works published in this era are in the public domain if they did not include a compliant copyright notice or if they did include a notice but did not renew the copyright within 28 years of first publication. However if they both included notice and renewed the copyright, the copyright lasts for 95 years after the original publication (2025 for the book and 2034 for the movie).
I think it's likely that the copyright was extended to its full length, but finding out would be difficult. Honestly, I doubt that Warner Brothers will sue you based on your putting the movie on YouTube. Generally people send a ceased and desist letter first when someone is using copyrighted material illegally, and the person in question takes it down so that they don't sue. On YouTube, companies generally just flag the video as containing copyrighted material and YouTube takes it down for them. Even then, many companies don't give a crap, seeing the YouTube access as extra publicity. I suggest putting it up, providing what copyright and trademark information you can in the description, and posting it.

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Anonymous said...

Make sure you put a disclaimer in the "about" section. Saying who owns the rights to the film and this is for entertainment purposes only. I taped one of the original Nancy Drew movies a few years ago. I can't wait to watch The Hidden Staircase!!!