October 03, 2005
Public domain movies

Via Atrios, the Internet Archive has added movies and other "moving images" to its list of freely-downloadable files. You can get everything from government-financed war propaganda films to classic cartoons - I'll be grabbing a copy of Falling Hare when I get home - to TV commercials. I have a feeling this could be a serious time-waster, not to mention hard drive-filler.

Seeing a couple of Bugs Bunny cartoons in there convinces me once again that the best thing which could have happened to this character (among others) would have been for it to fall into the public domain so that any artist with the means and inclination could tell new stories about him. I mean, it's not like the actual copyright holders have any clue what to do with him, and maybe, just maybe, a free-to-use Bugs Bunny would mean those of us who remember cartoons like "Falling Hare" from our wasted youth would get to experience him anew as adults. Since I'm unlikely to ever get that, I'll go get the classics while I still can. Happy downloading, everyone.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 03, 2005 to TV and movies | TrackBack