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How do i check if a film (produced in the early 60's) is

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How do i check if a film (produced in the early 60's) is still under copyright if the production company went out of business in the mid 70's? I recently purchased the directors estate and found the obscure film i'd like to re release..
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Kendell Kelly, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is Kendell! Happy to help! Please remember that this is a tool for information only, we cannot give you legal advice and thus cannot tell you what to do or not (since that is prohibited).This should not be considered a attorney-client relationship. Also, please reserve your feedback until we have fully answered your question -- I will stick with you until we do.

Expert:  Kendell Kelly, Esq replied 1 year ago.

If the film was produced (and published/screened/viewed) in the early 60's it is definitely still under copyright. A work that was created prior to 1978 could have a term of as long as the life of the author + 120 years. However, if the underlying script is older, it is possible that script could have an expired copyright.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok, thanks, ***** ***** I have to find out who owns the rights and try to get them transfer'd.
Expert:  Kendell Kelly, Esq replied 1 year ago.

No problem! Happy to help!! You should also check for any copyright transfer or work for hire agreements that may exist in the estate documentation.

Please let me know if you have additional questions in the future. Also, if you need help in the process, there is the ability to work offline.


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