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In 1984 I found some 35mm film of famous people. The film had

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In 1984 I found some 35mm film of famous people. The film had been
discarded. I would like to sell the film. Would this be a crime?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Entertainment
Expert:  Teacher Editor replied 7 years ago.
The answer to this question depends on in what manner this item was discarded. The person who produced this work has a copyright to it until he relinquishes copyright or until 70 years after his death. If he misplaced the work and someone discarded it, he would still be the copyright owner. His intent with the work is what matters here so if he intended to relinquish copyright, then the copyright doesn't exist and you can use the work. Usually, copyright can be given up through writing but if you just assume that the copyright is relinquished because you found the work in a place where it seemed that it was discarded, you may be risking the original copyright owner coming after for his copyrighted material.
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