FAQ About Public Domain Movies Public Domain Films

Frequently Asked Questions About Public Domain Movies, Public Domain Films

 

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Call us at (323) 497-1225 during business hours or email us. Prices depend on format and quantity of titles you require. Composing your want list yields the most accurate quote.

Usually 2-3 business days, but can vary with the size of the order.

We can deliver any high quality digital format you wish including Apple Quicktime ProRes or Quicktime with other Code-ecs, MPEG2, MPEG4, BetaSp, Digital beta, DVCAM,  All standard broadcast video tape formats are available in both NTSC and PAL standards.   Some titles are available in high definition.

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For very small orders (say a few movie trailers), we can upload the files for you to download.For larger order we put files on a hard drive to ship to you.

If we ship a physical hard drive or if we ship broadcast tape masters, it usually takes 2-3 business days to turn around and then send via Federal Express. Cost depends on the size of your order and is based on the Federal Express rates. In most cases, we prefer to bill your company’s Fed Ex account number.

In most cases, the source masters are high quality DigiBeta and BetaSp tapes transferred directly from the best available film prints making for high broadcast quality features for your use. You will not find better any place else. High definition titles are taken from HDCAM masters. The elements of certain rare archival footage are of varying degrees of condition and we always tell you up front what to expect.

There are several ways. The work was either never registered with the United States Copyright Office or the renewal of the registration on the 28th year was not made. If copyright notice was not given during the years when such was a requirement, the film becomes PD. Also, production paid for by the U.S. Government are public domain.

All available titles have been researched with the U.S. Library of Congress and are public domain. As an international distributor, we could not sell them to you if they were not. Many British, German, and French titles are only public domain inside the United States. If you are not familiar with how US copyright laws apply in your country please do your own due diligence. Titles list from the 1980’s are referred to as “non-registered” titles, which means that they were never registered with the Copyright Office, and as a result, can be distributed like public domain titles.

Except for in very rare instances, the music, if part of the original program, is free and clear to use when aired alongside the picture. As part of the production, music was assigned “synchronization rights”.

You cannot, separate the music and use in another production; or use a recognizable face to endorse a product. Otherwise, you are free to do what you wish with the material.

Possibly. Though we often sell to those in need of footage for various projects, we do not do clip research. However, if your request is general such as “UFO’s” we know the library well enough to be able to help make suggestions. The cost of an entire program is usually less than it would be to pay a stock footage house for a 2-3 minute clip of the same material. With a purchase from The RetroFilm Vault, you can have the footage you want and a master to keep which can be used at any time, now or in the future, with no extra costs or licensing fees. You may use the second search box at the top of this page and type in a specific subject like the word “Irish” or just browse through our catalog.
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