Hey Ma! Look what I found! Can I keep it?

For various reasons, both personal and professional, I am a bit of a freak for copyright law.  I don’t always go searching for info, after a while it just seems to find you.  The Copyright Law of Attraction, if you will.  Although I have not yet watched “Night of the Living Dead”, this little tidbit was quite interesting.

“Though George A Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was made for next to nothing, all of the production’s limitations somehow turned into assets.  The film’s grainy black-and-white cinematography and hand-held camera gave Romero’s zombie gore-fest a level of realism that was unseen in horror movies up to that point – like a newsreel from the apocalypse.  The Living Dead wound up being one of the most profitable movies of all time, which for investors proved to be unfortunate.  In what has to be one of the costliest clerical errors in movie history, the distributors forgot to include a copyright statement in credits.  As a result, the movie quickly fell into the public domain.”


Image courtesy of Wikipedia

I found this quote on my new favorite website – Open Culture.  The tagline is “The best free cultural & educational media on the web” and it’s true.

One of my other obsessions is short films.  There is no shortage of shorts here.  You can also listen to rare clips of authors reading their work.  Watch lost footage of famous (and infamous) people in situations that are both familiar and slightly out of place.  Music, film, literature – all collected in one glorious place.  It’s like discovering a dusty, ancient trunk in the attic of a Victorian home by the sea.  The most delightful thing of all?  FREE stuff!   That’s right, kiddies!  Free films to watch (both full length features and shorts ), free audio books to listen to, free e-books to read!


Stephen Fry reads “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde.  An animated short of Neil Gaiman’s very dark Christmas poem, “Nicolas Was”.  “Explosive Cats Imagined in a Strange 16th Century Military Manual”.  “Listen to Tree Rings Getting Played on a Turntable and Turned Into Music”.  It goes on and on, and so could I.

Swing by www.OpenCulture.com and take a look around.  It won’t be a quick visit, I can assure you.  The minutes quickly turn into hours, as I discovered a few nights ago.  Thanks to @CreepyLilWindow for the link.  You have impeccable taste when it comes to all things weird and obscure.


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