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Is Checkmate in the Public Domain?


Is this Public Domain or does someone own the rights? Where do you find out who does own the rights to old TV series?

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moviesunlimited.com has a listing of "Checkmate" titles on VHS.

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It's possible that a few episodes may have slipped into the public domain due to issues with the original copyright registration or, more probably, due to failure to renew the copyright after the initial 28 year period. A few episodes have surfaced on DVD; one episode appears on Diamond Entertainment's "T.V.'s Lost Shows" while two other episodes appear on Mill Creek Entertainment's "The Best of TV Detectives."

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Timeless Media Group has licensed Checkmate from NBC/Universal, and will be putting out a 12 episode DVD collection in the fall.

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