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Delta DVDs include iPod-ready video discs


Delta Entertainment has produced a collection of DVD titles that come with an extra disc pre-loaded with the movie or TV show already encoded for video-enabled iPods. The front of the DVD packaging says it includes a “video iPod ready disc,” which has video files that you can “Drag and drop straight to your iPod video.” The 10 titles—which appear to be made up partially of public domain content—include: Dragnet, Alfred Hitchcock, Timeless Movie Classics, Bonanza, Real Cowboy Movies, One Step Beyond, The Lucy Show, Cartoon Megapack, Beyond Kong, and Sherlock Holmes Collection. All of the DVDs sell for $7 each from

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Delta Entertainment doesn’t own the copyright to any of the listed Alfred Hitchcock films. In the U.S. most of Hitchcock’s early (British period) films are owned by M.G.M. (which is now owned by Sony, via Columbia).

For example, Amazon lists the set as including The Lady Vanishes, The 39 Steps and Sabotage.  For U.S. release, They are all the property of M.G.M., therefore if anyone buys the Delta Entertainment DVDs they handing over money to a bunch of criminals.

I don’t understand why the MPAA spend so much time harassing individual consumers, instead of cracking down on these shonky so called public domain releases that are actually still protected by copyright.  This is an open and shut case of copyright infringement that the MPAA doesn’t seem to care about.

No wonder hardly anyone has any respect left for that organisation.

Posted by ShowsOn on July 13, 2006 at 5:56 AM (CDT)


Ummm, these films are in the public domain. Like all of those stupid 1.00 dvds they sell at Walmart. Hitchcock remade 39 steps, the one they sell in these dvds are the originals.

Posted by Chris on July 13, 2006 at 9:58 AM (CDT)


No, those Hitchcock films are not in the public domain. The copyright for the U.S. is owned by M.G.M., which is now owned by Sony. You completely missed the point of my post.

Hitchcock did not remake The 39 Steps, and even if he did, that doesn’t magically remove the copyright on the original version.

Posted by ShowsOn on July 13, 2006 at 11:59 AM (CDT)


Anyone know what copy protection is on these discs?

Posted by Sid32 on July 13, 2006 at 6:54 PM (CDT)


Ummmm, aren’t those movies like really old movies?? And only I think my grandmother (or some old parents) will find it hard just to operate a computer (dragging and dropping)....why don’t they just release *GOOD* new movies encoded in ipod format??

Posted by wackybit on July 14, 2006 at 6:37 AM (CDT)


These are probably very old films. In the EU copyright ceases in 70 years.

Posted by M on July 14, 2006 at 7:26 AM (CDT)


The copyright only expires if the copyright is not renewed. The studios that own the films renew the copyright to stop them falling into the public domain. The Hitchcock films in question are still convered by copyright.

Wackybit obviously needs to watch more films, instead of assuming the best films are recent films.

Posted by ShowsOn on July 15, 2006 at 9:04 AM (CDT)


Uh…check your film history, my friend.  Hitchcock did indeed make two versions of The 39 Steps.  One for the U.K., and one for America.  This is not an illegal package.

Posted by Chris Bevard on July 18, 2006 at 10:17 AM (CDT)


All of the products sold by Delta Entertainment are poor-quality crap.  Don’t waste your money on them!

Posted by David Strongberg on October 27, 2006 at 4:54 PM (CDT)


This stuff was really bad.  The picture quality was awful and the content was edited to the point that it was difficult to watch.  What a rip off!

Posted by Phil Cohan on January 1, 2007 at 10:30 PM (CST)

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