If the cartoons have been reformatted at 1:75 or 1: 85 /1 widescreen
aspect ratio from  the originally copyrighted format of 1:33/1 flat,
does that change the picture as far as copyright is concerned ?
Does it renew the copyright on ALL versions of a particular title made
by that particular studio ?

Asked by one who worries about such things  , I hope not

Bob Hodge

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>>> [log in to unmask] 6/20/2005 2:03:14 PM >>>
If Jeff and dl are right, then the ONLY copyrightable element is that
stereo mix. Not the cartoons and not the original soundtracks. Those
weasels try to be tricky. But, if the cartoons really fell into the
Public Domain, anybody has the same right to manipulate the original
cartoons and/or soundtracks in any way they want, even to issue
competeing DVDs if they can find the sources.

Steve mentioned some copyrights being retrieved, but that was in
Europe. I've never heard of a legitamate PD item being
retrieved/recaptured in the US.

My opinions only, not official LOC, blah blah blah.


>>> [log in to unmask] 06/20/05 11:58 AM >>>
Jeff Willens wrote:

>         Hope this doesn't sound TOO strange, but didn't Warner Bros.
let several of their Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons lapse into
public domain? And didn't they re-copyright them all in the 90s?  Notice
how you don't see them on cheapo videotapes and DVDs anymore, or running
on independent TV stations as they did in the 70s. I seem to remember at
the end of the re-copyrighted versions (the ones on their new DVDs),
there's a notice that says something like "Dubbed Version c. 1995 Warner
Brothers". Would these just pertain to the films being remastered and
the remaster itself being copyrighted?

Could this refer to a new audio mix? Seems to me that if a soundtrack
is now in stereo, that would definitely constitute a new copyrightable
element. (Speaking of which, MGM's "Band Wagon" sounds fantastic on the
new DVD, and all the numbers are in well-balanced new stereo.)