Buyout Footage Logo - Public Domain Films and Royalty Free Stock Footage
Buyout Footage Logo - Public Domain Films and Royalty Free Stock FootageHome link - buyoutfootage.comCollections link - for royalty free stock footagePublic Domain Archives link - for public domain films archive film stock footageFootage Search link - search for public domain films and royalty free stock footageCheckout link - shopping cart container
Buyout Footage Logo - Public Domain Films and Royalty Free Stock Footage
Buyout Footage Logo - Public Domain Films and Royalty Free Stock Footage
Stock Footage Research Dept
Stock Footage Direct Downloads
Public Domain Stock Footage FAQ
Buyout Footage At LinkedIn
Buyout Footage At FaceBook
Buyout Footage At Twitter
Buyout Footage At YouTube
Get QuickTime
Public Domain - A Gold Mine Of Visual Metaphors
We answer your questions about public domain titles and why it's the best value for your production.
The following information is provided as a general guideline only - it is not intended to be used as legal advice.
For specific legal advice relating to copyright law, consult with a qualified attorney.
Q - What does it mean when a film or video is considered "Public Domain"?
A- Public Domain is a term that refers to works that are no longer protected by copyright.
Q - How do films become "Public Domain"
A- There are a variety of reasons. Here are some of the main ones:
1. The copyright has expired.
(any work published in the United States before 1923.)
2. The title was published before 1964 and the copyright was not renewed.
(renewal was a requirement for works published before 1978.)
3. A work was first published without an appropriate copyright notice.
(copyright notice was necessary for works published in the United States before March 1, 1989)
4. The work was donated to the public domain by the copyright holder.
5. Government produced works are generally not eligible for copyright protection.
Q - Do you provide documentation?
A- Yes, Buyout Footage.com provides a written copyright search report for all Public Domain titles sold. This satisfies most "Errors & Omissions" insurance policy requirements made by broadcasters, satellite, and cable television companies PLUS gives you the added peace of mind knowing that your film titles have been checked and documented.
Q - Are there any restrictions in how I use these films?
A- Public Domain footage can be used to inform, educate and entertain. The footage can used in whole or in part and can be broadcasted and re-distributed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are “3rd party" rights issues to be aware of that have nothing to do with copyright. These include the “right of privacy”, “right of publicity” and “trademark” and are typically associated with commercial exploitation - such as advertising for products or services.

For example, if you want to sell DVD's of a public domain movie that's fine. If you want to use selected scenes in a documentary, news program, or for educational or entertainment purposes... that's fine also. However, if you want to use a clip of John Wayne in a Pepsi commercial, you need to get clearance from his estate.

As a general rule of thumb, if you plan to use selections from Public Domain material for commercial advertising purposes, use generic shots instead of celebrities or trademarked characters.


If you have further questions or need specific legal advice for your particular project, consult with a qualified attorney.
Q - What about international copyright laws? Can I use the footage in other countries?
A- Generally speaking, most countries that are members of the Berne Convention (international copyright consortium) follow the "rule of the shorter term" which means that if a work is considered to be in the U.S.
Public Domain it is also considered Public Domain in the member country.

However, since not every country follows this rule and it would be impossible to keep up with every regulation for every country, BUYOUT FOOTAGE.COM MAKES NO REPRESENTATION AS TO THE COPYRIGHT STATUS OF ANY WORK OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. All sales are F.O.B. Anaheim California, U.S.A.
Q - Why should I purchase from Buyout Footage.com?
A- We offer complete Public Domain titles for less than many stock footage houses charge for a few short seconds of footage -

PLUS we provide a copyright search report - at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

This satisfies most "Errors & Omissions" insurance policy requirements made by broadcasters, satellite, and cable television companies PLUS gives you the added peace of mind knowing that your film titles have been checked and documented.
• QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON!
Most all of the titles in the archive were telecine transferred from 35mm and 16mm film prints to 1". Final delivery is on Betacam SP, DVCAM, or MiniDV.
• PEACE OF MIND!
We provide a copyright search report for all Public Domain titles sold.
• ROCK BOTTOM PRICES!
Now you can purchase complete Public Domain titles for less than traditional stock footage houses charge for a few short seconds of material!
• CONVENIENT ORDERING!
We accept all major credit cards. Linked titles can be purchased directly from our web site.
All previews and non-linked film orders can be placed via email or telephone.
• WE'RE ALWAYS HERE, READY TO HELP.
Please email us at buyoutfootage.com or give us a call at 909-939-4443 if you have additional questions or need help in finding that perfect shot for your next project.
Are you ready to see for yourself why our Public Domain Library is the best value on the planet?
With hundreds of titles waiting, click here and visit our Public Domain Library today.