Hi one and all
I'm in the following situation: From several sources I gathered around 4 boxes full of PanAm commercial material, mostly 16mm & 32mm film reels containg 1 minute ads for cinema or TV use. Wonderful footage of the first B747 in service, plenty of those all so famous "PanAm makes the going great" cartoon commercials and hours and hours more of PanAm movies from around the golden 1960s era of jet aviaton!
Now, my question is, who helds the rights on this material? My aim is to publish a commercial 3 DVD bundle with all these films, as I think thre are plenty of PanAm and 1960s era aviation enthusiasts out there who would be interested in such DVDs. I allready have 3 films from other sources that are licensed "public domain", so there should be no problem here.
However what is the situation on my other movies? Can it be entitled as "public domain" as well? As said before, they are mostly 1960s/1970s 60 second commercials from PanAm so the owner of the rights is either the advertising ageny or PanAm, but as PanAm went bankrupt it depends on wether the rights on the ads went on to the company that bought the PanAm logo rights, right?
So, is there a general law saying that certain films with a specific age from a bankrupt company are "public domain" and may be freely used or how should I work my way through this?
Thanks a lot & best regards.