Re: [gundam] F91 or G


Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Sun, 21 Feb 1999 14:33:46 -0800


>"The section of American copyright law known as "The Berne Act" clearly
>states: films unreleased in the United States, including original version of
>films altered and/or edited for release in the United States, are not
>protected by American copyright; thus, they are considered public domain."
>
>I got this information from www.revok.com in their FAQ. Is this just a
>blatant lie then?

Did they cite the specific section where this was quoted from? I need to do
some research before I can answer this question, but the Berne Convention was
like a UN of copyright laws, and the US opted out, even though attempts have
been made to make U.S. copyright law compatible with the Berne Convention
(the "Berne Act" you referred to could be a nickname of a specific U.S.
statute, but technically the U.S. does not adhere to Berne Convention
standards, which includes moral right - the right of copyright holders not
to have their work altered).

If this information is true, then I'd expect foreign film companies to fight
tooth and nail over a "U.S. cut" since any altering of the film for U.S.
distribution would have serious consequences.

Eddie

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