I need to see a public domain films list. http://www.imdb.com/keyword/public-domain/ is not complete now. Thanks

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See my comments here:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

Is this not complete because there is a problem with the keywords or because people haven't tagged the relevant entries?

I have a number of public domain lists, so am interested in making sure this is right.
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The General (1926)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
The 39 Steps (1935)
Scarlet Street (1945)
And Then There Were None (1945) Diez negritos
La ciociara (1960)
The Stranger (1946)
Detour (1945)
Kansas City Confidential (1952)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Panic in the Streets (1950)
Sabotage (1936)
Woman on the Run (1950)
Passport to Pimlico (1949)
Etc

ALL films WITH BEST RATING is missed
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As the search returns the same number of results:
http://www.imdb.com/find?q=public+dom...

And things like The General aren't tagged with the "public domain" keyword:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017925/k...

It looks like the problem is that the entries aren't tagged with the relevant keyword. The question then is: why?

I suppose the first thing to address is: Are these films public domain?

There is nothing on the Wikipedia entry to suggest The Man with the Golden Arm is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_...

My Man Godfrey is on IA, which is a good sign it is PD:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Man_G...

Ditto 39 Steps:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_39_S...

And Woman on the Run:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_on...

And The Lady Vanishes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady...

While The General definitely is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gene...

So you'd need to do the research to confirm they are definitely public domain and then edit the relevant entries to add the keyword in.
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The problem is that I was basing on IMDB as a reliable source, since there is poor information about PUBLIC DOMAIN on the web. Thanks
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IMDB is not considered to be a reliable source and that goes double for keywords like this, which are often subjective and always unsourced.

The best evidence that something is PD is if it is on the Internet Archive, as they do try and check, plus they get so much traffic that films added incorrectly get removed relatively quickly. Unfortunately, I don't know of a way to get out all films on the Internet Archive that are linked to from IMDB, so I did it by hand:

http://www.imdb.com/list/nr_p_uZYcpI/
http://www.imdb.com/list/4NU-9dKEm9Q/
http://www.imdb.com/list/3OGm9dxmbRA/

I partly relied on this, which is all the films that have a link to a film on the Internet Archive, and then did some fine-tuning nosing around IA's site:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:...
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Ah good stuff, as long as you are careful and recheck IA from time-to-time you should have a pretty secure list of PD films (although this might change - Master of the Flying Guillotine was recently removed from IA). I suspect there are a lot more out there, especially Chinese and Japanese films - quite a lot of the pre-WWII copies of Japanese films are missing, but it also seems that they were all a little slack on adding copyright), but it'd need access to information and resources I can't find.
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