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Learn how to use Web browsers and computer operating systems like Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Linux with these videos.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Video viewer or player software
- File decompression software
Check that your computer can download video files
Make sure that your computer has the power and disk space needed to download large video files. Also check that your computer has compatible video viewer or player software pre-loaded.
Learn about video file formats
Learn about common video file formats, such as QuickTime, MPEG4, DivX, DV Video, Flash Video, Real Media, and Windows Media. If your browser does not recognize the format, download a compatible viewer or player.
Download file decompression software
Download file decompression software. Double-click the file first – if the file extracts on its own, downloading decompression software isn’t necessary.
Learn how to tell if a film is public domain
Look for a copyright notice at the beginning or end of the film. Pre-1923 films are mostly public domain and films made between 1923 and 1949 typically have renewed copyrights.
Check the Library of Congress Online Database
Check the Library of Congress Online Database for copyright renewals on films made between 1950 and 1963. Films made from 1964 to the present typically have valid copyrights.
Visit RespectCopyrights.org, sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America, which provides an extensive list of legal movie download web sites.