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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:11 am 
Little Foot
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Seeing as how it is mentioned in this months edition of Maximum PC magazine, I am wondering is it is illegal to copy and redistribute television commericals. I have looked very closely at the commericals that we see on television all the time, and HAVE never seen anything about copyrights© on them. Nor is there anything about them being Intellectual property. I have an archive of somewhere around 200+ thousand commericals from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s that are really cool for their time period, and was thinking about sharing them. (in a paid for manner) I understand commericals with published songs/music are copyrighted. But comeon wouldn't some of you guys LOVE to see Mrs Olson serve up another cup of Folgers one more time? :D


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Even though there is no mention of copyright in the commercials themselves the company would have a copyright on them.

I'm sure they don't mind people sharing them since it goes hand in hand with its intended purpose. But to charge people for them would be against their intended purpose and could open you up to being sued.


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I'm with Satch.

I don't think they would care if you distributed the commercials for free, but for pay, you will most likely get sued. (Note that distributing for free could still make you liable since it doesn't matter if you charge or not).

You have the commercials saved, but the company still retains the rights to the commercials. You didn't create the commercials, so you don't have the rights to distribute something someone else created.

Don't do it.


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I was always under the impresion "public domain" works were free to do with as someone wanted? These are considered public domain.


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Mike_Holli wrote:
I was always under the impresion "public domain" works were free to do with as someone wanted? These are considered public domain.


Are you sure about that?

Things aren't in public domain unless explicitly mentioned.

Edit: Nevermind, still questionable though, especially on the 70's commercials and some of the 60's.

Edit 2: Okay, looks like there is conflicting information everywhere. They are in the public domain, so I guess do whatever :lol: .


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