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Poster: k-otic Date: Jun 4, 2012 6:17am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Scarlet Letter has been claimed

looks like that Video Cellar is doing this on an professional scale for quite some time you can find him on amazon ebay and and so on ...
Actually he inspired me to start my own youtube channel :)
it´s just a few weeks old ... but well slowly very slowly it grows.

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Poster: bullie89 Date: Jun 4, 2012 7:14am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Scarlet Letter has been claimed

I am so happy to hear that! You have no idea how much I respect their talent. They bring these horrific prints of these PD films and almost by 'Magic' they are watchable. Becky Sharp with Miriam Hopkins was awful but now it is really gorgeous. I love vintage films and I love the Video Cellar. I have downloaded films that apparently not PD such as Vanity Fair with Loy, The Proposal which is a Topper film, and Racing Blood from 1936. I was disappointed when I was not able to put them on my new channel. What is your your channel? I will subscribe. My new channel is: ManesandTailsOrg and it is from my non profit horse rescue email account. I do not need another gmail account. Please let me know the name of your channel and I will subscribe.


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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jun 4, 2012 2:10pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Scarlet Letter has been claimed

Thanks for your kind words.

The film, The Scarlet Letter, is very much in the public domain. Independent-International did build its early distribution business purchasing Majestic Pictures original 35mm elements, including the camera negative, a few years after the film's copyright expired. They have since "restored" the film, but in doing so replaced the titles with titles that imply that Independent-International produced the film. The copy I worked on is from a 16mm reduction of the 1934 theatrical release print with the original scrolling titles intact.

When I uploaded the film to Youtube the I-I claim came through on my channel too, blocking the video worldwide and giving me a Content ID strike. I disputed it. They simply ignored the dispute. After 30 days the dispute expired and all restrictions were lifted, as well as the strike. Sometimes it just takes some patience and waiting out the expiry date for the claim (this will come up on the claim details page once you dispute.) While your dispute is running the claimant does not make any ad revenue from views.

On the whole I-I is a legitimate distributor, even if they have made some questionable GATT/URAA claims on public domain movies like "Blonde Captive". They haven't really done anything with their YT channel for over a year so I assume they have just forgotton about it.

In your dispute, mention that the film's copyright has been expired since 1962. That the print you have used is not their copyright "restored" version. That you have permission from the creater of this version to upload the film and that their claim is infringing those rights under various international copyright laws. Be polite and non-confrontational/accusatory in your disputes - this is the best way to get results by presenting just facts about the copyright status.

On the Music Publishing Rights Society claimants these accounts are unmonitored. If you dispute these claims with the public domain option they instantly dissapear. No human monitors these claimants and the system is set to give you the benefit of the doubt by agreeing by default with your dispute. This doesn't work if it is a combined claim such as "believe and music publishing rights collecting society". In those cases the other claimant will have to release the claim (or the claim expire) before any restrictions are lifted.

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Poster: bullie89 Date: Jun 4, 2012 3:23pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Scarlet Letter has been claimed

I am always polite when I dispute. I explained that the version of the film they are claiming has been vastly improved by The Video Cellar and that you could copyright it if you want to. In short, it is not the noisy and hard to watch film that they have. They know full well what I am saying is valid. I don't know why these people hold on to their claims when they are not making a cent on the plays.

Regarding music, that is a nightmare. EMI claimed something from a Robert Wagner film called Beneath the 12 Mile Reef. EMI does not need to do that. Warner Brothers released their claim to some music in 'Life with Father' instantly when I said I was sure they most likely held the copyright, but could I please keep the film on my channel. Go Digital is the worst! They reinstated their claim for another month. They cannot be contacted unless they add you as a contact! What is the point? Music Publishing Rights Society is something I researched and they are not a valid company. If they don't make anything when they are disputed, then why do they put themselves at risk? Independent Musicians were having their music claimed by that. Where is the RIAA when the musicians need them? Those artists are pooling their funds for a legal action.

I am amazed at the work that you do. I just wish that all of the restored films were in the Public Domain. I know you have improved them but they do not appear in the main section of the archive and there is no corresponding video on the IMDB. Well, I guess one can't have all they wish for!

I am now addicted to the films that you restore. I wait around to see when a film that is still poor quality (such as Becky Sharp was) to post until you have had the time to restore it! :)

Thanks for the pointers, they are greatly appreciated.

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Poster: k-otic Date: Jun 4, 2012 1:16pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Scarlet Letter has been claimed

the channel name is QUARX ... its filled with stuff that doesn´t really fit in here
Mainly goverment short training films and footage

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Poster: bullie89 Date: Jun 4, 2012 3:45pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Scarlet Letter has been claimed

I will check it out anyway and give you some plays. I am still waiting for my new Adsense account to be approved. I had the account since 2005 and then the credit card was hacked. I have not removed it as I want someone to investigate who perpetrated the Identity Theft and Fraud. Bank of America will sue YouTube if I want them to, but I dislike lawsuits and the nasty retaliatory actions that come with them. People don't have anything better to do with their time which is really foul! I will subscribe to QUARX!