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Public Domain is a series of copyright reference books created by attorney Walter Hurst — Each film entry has, at a minimum, the title, copyright registration number, and copyright registration date. For films that were renewed, the renewal registration number and date have been added.
Under United States copyright law , films registered prior to required renewal during the 28th year following registration in order to continue copyright protection in the U.
The United States Copyright Office published renewals in its semi-annual copyright catalogs for all renewals through the end of From onward, all renewals are available online at the Library of Congress Copyright Office website. Hurst created each Film Superlist volume by instructing his staff to match each copyright renewal with its registration record in the Cumulative Copyright Catalog of Motion Pictures. The task of matching all renewals with their original registration entries could not be completed until 28 years had elapsed following the end of the period covered by each Cumulative Copyright Catalog; for example, the renewals claimed in had to be completed in order for all the film entries in the Cumulative Copyright Catalog for — to be confirmed as renewed or not renewed.
Hypothetically, after every renewal had been added to its original registration, any entry lacking a renewal had lapsed into the public domain. The Film Superlist books acknowledge that they are not perfect because of the following —. For selected non-renewed films presumably the ones of greatest interest , each volume includes an appendix of search reports. Most of the search reports are a statement by the Copyright Office that they conducted a search on a particular film, and did not find a renewal.
Hurst owned Seven Arts Press, Inc. The current Film Superlist editor is D. Richard Baer. In reviewing the updated edition of Film Superlist —, Library Journal stated, "This volume, part of a three-volume set, updates and emends the excellent earlier edition by Walter Hurst. With the main text derived from the U. Copyright Office's Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Motion Pictures — , editor Baer assists the user in ascertaining the copyrighted status of 18, films copyrighted in the United States from to Edward G.
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Film superlist : motion pictures in the U.S. public domain
Film Superlist: Motion Pictures in the U. Public Domain is a series of reference books created by attorney Walter Hurst about the copyright status of films. Each entry has the title, copyright registration number, and copyright registration date. For films that were renewed, the renewal registration number and date have been added.
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Public Domain is an intellectual property designation referring to the body of creative works and knowledge in which no person, government or organization has any proprietary interest such as a copyright. These works are considered part of the public cultural and intellectual heritage of content that is not owned or controlled by anyone and which may be freely used by all. According to Wikipedia : "These materials are public property , and available for anyone to use freely the "right to copy" for any purpose. The public domain can be defined in contrast to several forms of intellectual property; the public domain in contrast to copyrighted works is different from the public domain in contrast to trademarks or patented works.