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Mon, Apr 22, 2013 3:24 PM


Submission of public domain images -- all published material before 1923 is free of copyright.

I understand IMDb policy regarding submission of posters and images -- that you must be associated with the title and be the copyright holder. However, is there any thought to revising that policy regarding material that is too old to be covered by copyright?

According to US copyright law, every published work before 1923 is in the public domain, with no exceptions:

Additionally, no one associated with the relevant title is still alive to submit. And many of these films are lost forever, so there is no commercial interest that would pay to display the posters or stills.

If there was ever a reason to have an exception to the current pay-for-poster rules, this is it, and would enhance the IMDb web site by allowing historical material to be added to pages for lost and/or historic films.

I hope you will consider this idea. Here is an example of what the site could have if the rules were revised:

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