I completed a 52 minute documentary in September 2008. It has been selected and shown in a few film festivals since: "published"?
I recently signed with a TV distributor. The Master copy I am about to send him includes 5 new shots. I was wondering if this "re-edition" allows me to change the copyright at the end of the film to 2009 instead of 2008: a better selling point.
A friend of mine who is a painter, says that many painters do not include dates on their work because it deters from selling them (seems like some people only want to buy her newest paintings). I can see this same concern crossing over into our world of media creation since we don’t want our peers/clients to see “outdated work”, but to me, legally protecting our work by putting an actual date on things is worth the price.
Not trying to be argumentative, Bruce has made several valid points, however there are a few reasons for adding the latter 2009 copyright date.
1. Festivals and distributors can, at times, get hung-up on the completion dates of projects and may reject projects that weren't produced during the last "calendar year." So, by adding the 2009 date, you can help to stretch-out your film's "apparent" eligibility a bit.
2. Plus, there is a psychological benefit. Average viewers are often impressed by the "apparent" freshness of a film on the screen in the the same way they are impressed by the freshness of milk and lettuce on the grocer's shelf.
David Roth Weiss
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