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Monday, February 22, 2010


If you seen this DVD set (image) on Amazon, you should know it is an illegal DVD set. Don't buy!

UPDATE: This collection appears to be removed from the Amazon US listings.


There are always fans who don't seem to know this, so a reminder on the Chaplin list of copyrighted films.

All Charlie Chaplin Films made from 1918 onward, are copyrighted by Roy Export. Starting with Chaplin's First National contract, he had full control and copyright of his films. These films are:

A Dog's Life (1918)
Shoulder Arms (1918)
Sunnyside (1919)
A Day's Pleasure (1919)
The Kid (1921)
The Idle Class (1921)
Pay Day (1922)
The Pilgrim (1923)


A Woman of Paris (1923)
The Gold Rush (1925)
The Circus (1928)
City Lights (1931)
Modern Times (1936)
The Great Dictator (1940)
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Limelight (1952)

British Productions
A King in New York (1957)
A Countess From Hong Kong (1967)

These are NOT in the public domain, but during Chaplin's days in Hollywood, a few of these films were pirated from Chaplin, and today, show up in a few unofficial sets. Today, as in Chaplin's time, pirated collections are removed, like this pirated set pictured. Currently, the official Chaplin collection will be released again in the future. In the meantime, do not spend your money on pirated copies.

Films Chaplin didn't own the copyright
The other Charlie Chaplin films from Keystone, Essanay and Mutual era, were not under Chaplin's copyright control and fell into many hands over the decades. Copyrights vary, so beware. These films not under Chaplin's personal copyright included:

All of Chaplin's 35 Keystone films made in 1914

His New Job
A Night Out
The Champion
In the Park
A Jitney Elopment
The Tramp
By the Sea
A Woman
The Bank
A Night Out in the Show

Released in 1916


Mutual - 1916
The Floorwalker
The Fireman
The Vagabond
One A.M.
The Count
The Pawnshop
Behind the Screen
The Rink

1917 releases

Easy Street
The Cure
The Immigrant
The Adventurer

After The Adventurer, Chaplin signed with First National and built his own studio, which he made all this films from 1918 until 1952. All the films made at his studio were copyrighted by Chaplin.

The best of the Essanay and Mutuals collections are with IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT or with BFI if you live in the UK. There is no best for the Chaplin Keystones on DVD, yet, until the newly restored collection is released. Learned more about the Keystones at this link.

Follow-up: A buyer of this set reported today, the casing fell apart, above opening. A picture was left on the site to see.

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