Talk:A Night at the Opera (film)

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Copyright issues[edit]

These movies used to be available to view, and since their date of release is 1935, I would have thought that they were not copyright any longer, yet they seem to have been removed from the Youtube sites. Therefore, is it possible to highlight who owns the copyright on these movies, and why they are considered copyright. (talk) 06:57, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

There is not much to cover. A Night at the Opera (1935) was a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production. Most of the MGM library (prior to May 1986) was sold to Turner Broadcasting System in the 1980s. The library rights were passed to the new distribution company Turner Entertainment shortly after. The relevant article points that Turner Entertainment's library includes:

  • Nearly all of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's film, television and cartoon library released prior to May 23, 1986.
  • Material from MGM's predecessors (Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Mayer Pictures) post-1917 that did not enter the public domain.
  • Some material from United Artists.
  • The US and Canadian distribution rights to the RKO Radio Pictures library.
  • The former Associated Artists Productions catalogue, which includes:
    • Warner Bros.' library of films released prior to January 1, 1950.
    • The Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios Popeye cartoons, originally released by Paramount Pictures between 1933 and 1957.
  • The Hanna-Barbera Productions library.
  • Almost all of the pre-1991 Ruby-Spears Productions library.

Note that Turner Entertainment still exists, but after a number of corporate mergers it is currently a subsidiary of Time Warner.

As a rule of thumb, under United States law, most films released following 1923 are still under copyright. Public domain films include everything prior to 1923 and a number of later films where copyright either expired prematurely due to irregularities, or the films were never under copyright to begin with. A famous one is the Night of the Living Dead (1968), where an error by the theatrical distributor removed all copyright indications on release. For more information see List of films in the public domain in the United States.

Under the terms of the Copyright Term Extension Act (1998), no major work is expected to enter the public domain until 2019. "Under this Act, additional works made in 1923 or afterwards that were still protected by copyright in 1998 will not enter the public domain until 2019 or afterward (depending on the date of the product) unless the owner of the copyright releases them into the public domain before then." Dimadick (talk) 07:56, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

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Keaton gags[edit]

This sentence was in the first paragraph: "Most of the physical gags were wholly lifted from Keaton's 1932 film Speak Easily." This simply isn't correct, so I removed it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:59, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

I am also removing Keaton as an uncredited contributor to the screenplay. It's true that Keaton worked for a time as a gagman at MGM, but he didn't get the job until 1937. Keaton is known to have worked on At The Circus, but while A Night At The Opera was being shot, Keaton was starring in a series of shorts at Educational Pictures. There are books that go into the long process of how A Night At The Opera was created, and Keaton is not mentioned. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:18, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

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Budget Error: There is an obvious error in the "Budget" figure in the summary facts box (top right of the page). It shows a number slightly over $1 billion, which would sure be a lot for 1935! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:08, 8 February 2016 (UTC)