Until the 1940s, motion pictures were almost always received, filmed, and shown in black-and-white. Recently, several companies have begun to mechanically add color to these old and often classic films. This process, known as colorization or color-recoding, has motion picture artists enraged. These filmmakers believe that no one should have the right to alter a completed work of art. The author reviews the background of this controversy, surveys several possible legal causes of action which filmmakers may use to protect their black-and-white films, and concludes that directors and other film artists are not powerless and can successfully use existing laws to prevent color-recoding.
Suzanne Ilene Schiller,
Black and White and Brilliant: Protecting Black-and-White Films from Color-Recoding,
9 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 523
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