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

How do you know it's the master? Or does the master copy have "MASTER COPY" tattooed on the back of it?

And how do you tell it's the master? measure the SNR and say "AH HA...this one has better SNR so it's the master" [neglecting the fact that some tapes degrade faster than others]

"Richard Hartman" <hartman@onetouch.com>
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04/16/2003 09:58 AM
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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?