Copyrighted commentaries: Gets tricky here.

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Posted by Lucifer Lyndon Razoodock at on January 25, 2001 at 17:19:11:

In Reply to: Re: Is "DOGMA" commentary copyrighted? posted by Walt Flanagan's Dog on January 25, 2001 at 17:10:35:

: I know Criterion owns the commentary tracks for Spinal Tap. Vincent might know.

Okay. Every instance where I've read or heard ownership rights quoted in reference to analog commentary tracks, it's usually been in an instance where the track was recorded for one distributor...and then later on, reissued by another.
In these cases, we're talking about an entire commentary track, end to end, being lifted from one company's product and then re-inserted into another's product.

In the case of the "DOGMA" commentary, however, we're talking about snippets which won't even be included in the actual commentary. Now, I figure that Columbia/Tri-Star (which is, in fact, Sony, is it not?) probably owns the actual recordings of the deleted material, but I'm talking about a mere transcription (even a paraphrased transcript if that helps to legally distort the material) to give us all a vivid idea of what all the fuss was about.

Then again, I believe that Vincent's mentioned that the way in which they covered up the deletions gives everyone a good idea and is funny in its own right so they may not even feel the need to spell it out, but I thought I'd ask anyway...

: : Is the actual material (the actual words spoken) owned by anyone other than ViewAskew (ie. do they belong to Columbia/Tri-Star)?
: : I only ask as I've been wondering if there's any way that the ommitted portions of the commentary track could or would ever be transcribed here, on the site.
: : Or is this one of those situations where, contractually, you're really not supposed to talk about what was done beyond the changes made to the disc and commentary itself?

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