I recently tried to upload a copy of the “Zapruder Film” to my youtube channel.
The “Zapruder Film” is the famous ( infamous?) 8mm home movie of the Kennedy assassination.
It was taken down. They said it violated the copyright of “the sixties episode 5”
I googled that word and it was a TV show that had the Zapruder film in it….. that was posted on youtube…
I know that there are dozens and dozens of TV documentaries that have the “Zapruder Film” in their program, and youtube allows it.
It is gory bloody and violent, its a man being shot in the head. But it is also history. And its on youtube dozens of times already.
My version was just the “Zapruder Film” . Nothing before and after it. It was about 7 seconds long.
Where did I get it? There was a youtube video of a mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald that had the cleanest sharpest version of the “Zapruder Film” Ive ever seen.
So I downloaded that show, edited out just the “Zapruder Film” and re uploaded.
I can hear you now “ you just admitted you took someone else’s video and cut out part of it and are now complaining that you can’t upload something you admitted you ‘stole’ ?”
I didn’t re-upload their show, I just re uploaded the 7 seconds of the Zapruder film.. that I doubt they could claim they own.
I have been a voracious JFK buff for decades. From what I have read the copyright on the Zapruder film was owned by the Time – Life Corp for many years, and that they donated the copyright to the sixth floor museum, who licenses it out for commercial projects.
Did I license it? No. So what am I complaining about? That I can’t use something that was never mine to begin with?!?!?
Ok so I have no LEGAL ground to stand on….. I know….
BUT… why take my copy of it down when its already on youtube as part of dozens of other shows?