and the Future
extend to you a very warm welcome to pdcomedy.com, a collection
of what we consider to be the finest public domain comedy content
we can find, anywhere.
aim to continually update this site over time with only the best
clips from public domain feature length movies, movie shorts and
of the content on this site is believed to be in the public domain,
which means that either copyright never existed (such as for USA
movies made before 1923), or copyright was not renewed correctly
in the USA (such as in the cases of 'Royal Wedding', 'Till The Clouds
Roll By') or copyright has simply expired in the work. It is a complicated
area, each title may have a different reason for falling into the
public domain, and in probably all cases there is no legal document
that says something is actually 'public domain', there is
just either no valid document claiming copyright, or the copyright
holder does not pursue their copyright claim for whatever reason.
believe that you are free to copy and watch the video content on
this site, but you should always consult with legal counsel to confirm
you are using the clips legally. An example:
was a legal case we read about once, which involved Fred Astaire's
dance with a broomstick in the movie 'Royal
Wedding'. An advertising company apparently digitally
reworked the sequence and replaced the broom with a vacuum cleaner.
The Fred Astaire estate, we understand, challenged its legality
and it was judged that the change was not legal. Royal Wedding
is generally regarded as a public domain movie, you can copy the
movie, make clips out of it like we have, for free, but there
are limits with what you can do with it.
is why when anyone emails us asking for permission to use our clips
we tell them to take advice from a copyright lawyer.
or theVoiceofReason.com offers no warranty or implied or
actual guarantee, that these clips can be used for purposes outside
our websites, and we reserve the right to withdraw any or all of
the clips at any time in the future. The law may change in the future,
and it may vary in different locations around the world, so you
must always check that local laws allow you to use the content on
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