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Rohauer question

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 5:18 am

Does anyone know when Rohauer donated his collection to LOC? And was it a one-time donation or was it an ongoing thing?

And.... does anyone know why he placed a donor restriction on the collection?

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Re: Rohauer question

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 11:41 am

The donor restriction was so that he could still control these films. The Douris Corporation later held the copyrights, and now the Cohen group owns them. I agree that it is frustrating that there are donor restrictions on Public Domain titles like the early Talmadge films.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 11:53 am

silentfilm wrote:The donor restriction was so that he could still control these films. The Douris Corporation later held the copyrights, and now the Cohen group owns them. I agree that it is frustrating that there are donor restrictions on Public Domain titles like the early Talmadge films.


Do you know the year of Rohauer's donation to LOC?
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Re: Rohauer question

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 8:10 pm

Had a nice email exchange today with Tim Lanza at Cohen Media Group. While the donor restrictions on Talmadge films at LOC will not be lifted for Kickstarter campaigns and the like, he was hopeful that there would be upcoming (no timeline mentioned) DVD releases of some Talmadge films on the Cohen label. He noted that the prints of De Luxe Annie (1918) and The Woman Disputed (1928) are excellent.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 8:43 pm

"he was hopeful that there would be upcoming (no timeline mentioned) DVD releases of some Talmadge films on the Cohen label".

Does the "no timeline" mean not in our lifetimes?
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Re: Rohauer question

PostTue Mar 13, 2018 9:16 pm

How long does a donor restriction last?
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Re: Rohauer question

PostWed Mar 14, 2018 4:19 am

drednm wrote:Had a nice email exchange today with Tim Lanza at Cohen Media Group. While the donor restrictions on Talmadge films at LOC will not be lifted for Kickstarter campaigns and the like, he was hopeful that there would be upcoming (no timeline mentioned) DVD releases of some Talmadge films on the Cohen label. He noted that the prints of De Luxe Annie (1918) and The Woman Disputed (1928) are excellent.


I have seen presentations by Joe Yrsasky (sp?) of these titles at the Donnelly library, digital projections pulled off the prints, and they were indeed in good condition.

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Re: Rohauer question

PostWed Mar 14, 2018 8:03 pm

The Rohauer material is on deposit at the Library of Congress, it was not donated. The Library no longer accepts deposits.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 5:35 am

Bor Enots wrote:The Rohauer material is on deposit at the Library of Congress, it was not donated. The Library no longer accepts deposits.


Can you explain the difference between a deposit and a donation, please? Thanks.

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Re: Rohauer question

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 6:03 am

Bor Enots wrote:The Rohauer material is on deposit at the Library of Congress, it was not donated. The Library no longer accepts deposits.


I used the word "donation" since they are still called "donor restrictions" so far as I know, but you know more about this than I do.

Why do you no longer accept deposits?
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Re: Rohauer question

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 6:30 am

If I remember correctly, the Library of Congress owns all rights to material that is donated to the library. If a person or company deposits material to the LoC, that person or company retains the rights, and in essence, pays the LoC to store the material.

If that's right, I can see where there might be some tricky issues with deposits -- especially where liability is concerned -- which is probably why they no longer accept deposits.

Rob, feel free to correct me on any of these points. I'm speaking with my paralegal hat on . . .
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Re: Rohauer question

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 6:54 am

CoffeeDan wrote:If I remember correctly, the Library of Congress owns all rights to material that is donated to the library. If a person or company deposits material to the LoC, that person or company retains the rights, and in essence, pays the LoC to store the material.

If that's right, I can see where there might be some tricky issues with deposits -- especially where liability is concerned -- which is probably why they no longer accept deposits.

Rob, feel free to correct me on any of these points. I'm speaking with my paralegal hat on . . .


That might explain why they no longer accept deposits. The only "donor restrictions" I've run into at LOC are from collections by Paramount and by Rohauer (now Cohen), and these date back to the 70s and 80s, respectively.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 7:18 am

CoffeeDan wrote:If I remember correctly, the Library of Congress owns all rights to material that is donated to the library. If a person or company deposits material to the LoC, that person or company retains the rights, and in essence, pays the LoC to store the material.


???

Please clarify: is there a difference between "donate" and "deposit" in this case?

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Re: Rohauer question

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 8:24 am

In most archives, anything that is donated becomes the property of the institution, anything that is deposited is still the property of the party that is allowing it to be stored there. LACMA has some paintings on deposit from various people, which means they are just housing them, but the party that has them on deposit could pull them back at any time.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 9:28 am

Ah, I see now. Thanks for the explanation.

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Re: Rohauer question

PostThu Mar 15, 2018 12:48 pm

I'm hoping that Cohen will eventually get to DuBarry, Woman of Passion. I know it's not supposed to be wonderful, but I think it's historically important and I've always wanted to see it. Maybe in a Talmadge collection or box set?
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Re: Rohauer question

PostFri Mar 16, 2018 11:33 am

Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930) was sold on Super 8mm and 16mm film by Thunderbird Films in the 1970s, so there is a chance that it could be public domain. But the only distributors that I see selling it on disc are bootleggers like LovingTheClassics, so maybe it is copyrighted.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostFri Mar 16, 2018 12:54 pm

silentfilm wrote:Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930) was sold on Super 8mm and 16mm film by Thunderbird Films in the 1970s, so there is a chance that it could be public domain. But the only distributors that I see selling it on disc are bootleggers like LovingTheClassics, so maybe it is copyrighted.


I was a collector of Super-8 films, mainly sound, in the 1970s; Thunderbird wasn't known for being particularly rigorous vis-à-vis the copyright issue.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostFri Mar 16, 2018 1:36 pm

Paul Penna wrote:
silentfilm wrote:Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930) was sold on Super 8mm and 16mm film by Thunderbird Films in the 1970s, so there is a chance that it could be public domain. But the only distributors that I see selling it on disc are bootleggers like LovingTheClassics, so maybe it is copyrighted.


I was a collector of Super-8 films, mainly sound, in the 1970s; Thunderbird wasn't known for being particularly rigorous vis-à-vis the copyright issue.


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Re: Rohauer question

PostFri Mar 16, 2018 4:32 pm

I believe Du Barry, Woman of Passion has turned up on YouTube from time to time. The fact that it's been taken down suggests that someone not only holds copyright over it but is willing to defend it.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostFri Mar 16, 2018 6:29 pm

Copyright to Du Barry, Woman of Passion was renewed by Joseph Schenck with a filing date of 27 Jan. 1958.

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PostFri Mar 16, 2018 10:27 pm

Harold Aherne wrote:Copyright to Du Barry, Woman of Passion was renewed by Joseph Schenck with a filing date of 27 Jan. 1958.

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Interesting. I wonder if he just did that one or if he renewed all of her films. This was just over a month after her death. Joe had had a stroke recently and apparently had not been at the funeral.

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Re: Rohauer question

PostSat Mar 17, 2018 12:13 am

According to a 2003 AMS post by Joe Moore, only the following post-1922 Norma Talmadge films (along with Du Barry) were renewed. Here's the renewal information, with JMS standing for Joseph M. Schenck.

Secrets: copyrighted twice by JMS on 11 Feb 1924. Both copyrights renewed 15 Oct 1951 by Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc. (Worthy of note: Goldwyn also renewed the two copyrights of the 1933 remake on 28 Mar 1960.)

Graustark: copyrighted twice by JMS on 31 Aug 1925. Both copyrights renewed 7 Nov 1952 by Samuel Goldwyn.

Camille: copyrighted by JMS on 21 Apr 1927. Renewed 28 Mar 1955 by JMS.

New York Nights: copyrighted by JMS on 28 Dec 1929. Renewed 18 Jul 1957 by JMS.

Schenck renewed other Feature Productions/Art Cinema titles in the late 1950s, including The Bad One, Be Yourself, The Lottery Bride, Puttin' on the Ritz, etc.

The sources of all this information are the copyright catalogues placed online by the University of Pennsylvania:
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/cce/

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PostSat Mar 17, 2018 9:08 pm

Wow, thanks! That's interesting--especially to see Goldwyn getting in there too.

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Re: Rohauer question

PostWed Apr 04, 2018 2:08 pm

drednm wrote:Had a nice email exchange today with Tim Lanza at Cohen Media Group. While the donor restrictions on Talmadge films at LOC will not be lifted for Kickstarter campaigns and the like, he was hopeful that there would be upcoming (no timeline mentioned) DVD releases of some Talmadge films on the Cohen label. He noted that the prints of De Luxe Annie (1918) and The Woman Disputed (1928) are excellent.


...and The Branded Woman(1921). Please get that out! :)
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Re: Rohauer question

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Paul Penna wrote:I was a collector of Super-8 films, mainly sound, in the 1970s; Thunderbird wasn't known for being particularly rigorous vis-à-vis the copyright issue.


WHAT!

Those STAR TREK eps were boots?

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Re: Rohauer question

PostWed Apr 04, 2018 8:02 pm

Thunderbird offered films that were copyrighted and received permission from the copyright holders. Most of these however, like LOVE HAPPY were available only in Super 8mm magnetic sound. Hard to make a 16mm dupe from that gauge.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostThu Apr 05, 2018 8:47 pm

Not the TREKs, I am almost positive.
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Re: Rohauer question

PostFri Apr 06, 2018 11:35 am

Paramount/Desilu made a mistake with the credits on about a dozen episodes of the original Star Trek, where no copyright notice was included. This lead several 16mm distributors like Canterbury and Reel Images to sell these in 16mm and 8mm. I can remember as a teen I could check out some of these 16mm prints from our local library. They were just gorgeous. In the catalogs that I have, Thunderbird only sells the two Star Trek blooper reels. (Of course they sold a lot of prints that were not listed in their catalogs.)

However, Paramount sued, and the courts ruled that the episodes were under copyright even though the notice was missing.

The episodes that I see in the catalogs that I have are:
Amok Time
Cat's Paw
City at the Edge of Forever
Dagger of the Mind
The Deadly Years
Galileo Seven
Man Trap
Menagerie, parts 1 & 2
Miri
Shore Leave
Space Seed
The Squire of Gothos
Tomorrow is Yesterday
The Trouble with Tribbles
Where No Man Has Gone Before

Sadly, these prints were made in the late 1970s and they have mostly faded to pink.

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