Quite literally for ‘shits and giggles’ I was looking around for some old favorites from the Laurel and Hardy shorts collection, specifically their short “Brat’s”. I was quite shocked to find that it was not available via the internet through a video player like youtube.
Now, I have quite a few old L and H feature films and shorts on VHS, and a newish dvd/vcr, and while I don’t have any video capture technology I feel it would be worth it for me to invest in a Elgato or some similar tech for the explicit purpose of uploading some wonderful classic comedy onto youtube.
However, thanks to @doctorow and the rest of the BB editors and crew I am wary of messing with possibly copyrighted works. So I took it upon myself to try and dig around to see if L and H feature films and shorts are actually still copyrighted, and proceeded failed miserably… so I decided to take this to people smarter and more knowledgeable than I, and here we are. What do ya’ll think?
ETA 1 -
I push forward in my research and it looks like quite a few L and H works are still under copyright protection, but I could be wrong. Anyone care to take a look and confirm or deny? I’m not very good at reading government records…
I found this document under a larger copyright covering around 617 short and feature films.
ETA 2 -
To further complicate this it seems like there is a secondary copyright on some of the films in the above copyright. Here is the Document.