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RE: [dvd-discuss] Re: [dvd-discuss digest 2003] V #180

The right is transferred with posession of 
the master recording?

So a duplicating service gets the right
to distribute my work -- and I do not --
because they happen to store masters of my 
works for me?

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi/sec: not just a good idea, it's the LAW!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Schulien [mailto:schulien@speakeasy.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 12:22 AM
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: [dvd-discuss] Re: [dvd-discuss digest 2003] V #180
> "Michael A Rolenz" <Michael.A.Rolenz@aero.org> writes:
>  > Yes, but we're now  under the Berne Convention, so *everything*
>  > is copyrighted.
> All new creative works are copyrighted, but there is a large body of
> pre-Berne works that were published without notice of copyright,
> and immediately entered the public domain without ever having had
> copyright protection.  In particular, a large body of radio 
> and television
> programming falls into this category.  The television programs in
> particular were sold to television stations as 16mm film copies, and
> video copies are available from a number of public-domain 
> media vendors.
> For instance:
> http://www.fesfilms.com/TV.html
> Many of those television programs only exist in the form of surviving
> 16mm prints, the original 16mm negatives and master videotapes having
> been long ago discarded.  However, according to this law, the right to
> control distribution and performance is transferred along with the
> "physical master recording."  Do the owners of the landfills 
> containing
> those negatives and tapes have the right, under Illinois law, 
> to control
> the distribution and performance of those works?  What if 
> those negatives
> or tapes have been incinerated?  Is the use of those works now
> completely illegal?