I was thinking the the kind of scenario that Mike outlined below, basically a mistaken PD attribution, is not a a "legitimate" PD. Thanks for the clarification, Mike.

Steve, can you give me a nutshell version of the Kalmus story? Again, the only way I can see anything going out of PD in the US is by the owner proving it shouldn't have gone in the first place.


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At 02:03 PM 6/20/2005 -0400, James L Wolf wrote:

>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.

Note that "legitimate" is an operative word here. That is, works mistakenly
assumed to be public domain have been found still to have protection and
have been withdrawn. IIRC, "It's a Wonderful Life" was reissued as PD
because the copyright had not been renewed. Later it was found that the
music in the film was still under copyright (which had been renewed) and
the reissues were withdrawn.

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