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In a message dated 8/27/01 10:37:57 AM, [log in to unmask] writes:

<< Occasionally there have been questions posted on Screen-L about
ascertaining if a film is public domain or not.  Today a Website was
brought to my attention that sells PD films to TV stations:

http://www.retrofilm.com

They're not a distributor for home-use VHS tapes, but they do claim to be

"Your one-stop source for public domain films and video with the largest
virtual catalog for broadcast quality public domain movies and television
on the planet with 5,000 titles and counting. ... Programming has been
researched through the Library of Congress and all programming is
royalty-free."

I don't know whether they'd sell to schools or what their pricing is, but
at least they're one resource where you could check to see if a film is
generally thought to be in public domain.


Jeremy Butler
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Dear Screen-L,

Just a quick note. I've sent cease-and-desist letters to pull Milestone's
copyrighted films off Retro-film's website. Having looked at his list, if
every distributor did this, he'd have about ten films left. This is
definitely a bootleg operation and most of the films are NOT public domain.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (201) 767-3117 or (800) 603-1104
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: [log in to unmask]
www.milestonefilms.com

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