FAQ

Who hosts the videos? (DISCLAIMER)

All videos on this site are hosted by other sites such as Google Video, YouTube, Blip.tv, Viddler, Vimeo, Tudou, Youku, etc., therefore, this site has no control over the copyright issues of the streaming media. Since there is no way of knowing which documentaries are in the public domain, we are willing to remove any violating material immediately upon request by the producer and/or director of the video. If you would like your video removed completely off the Internet, you will need to contact the site responsible for hosting the video.

What is public domain?

Many of the old movies are in the public domain. Most of the newer videos are probably not in public domain, but many are uploaded by the producers themselves in order to share the knowledge and information that they wish to spread. Therefore, we encourage all of our viewers to support the films that you watch by purchasing the film and spreading the word about it.

“When a work’s copyright or patent restrictions expire, it enters the public domain and may be used by anyone for any purpose.” Read more on wikipedia.

From Archive.org: “If the work was made in 1923 or earlier, it is probably public domain and can be uploaded. NOTE! Restored versions of the film or new soundtracks for silent films can have more recent copyrights that are still valid – usually a copyright notice for a new soundtrack or restoration will appear in the film.

For works made from 1923 to 1949, post a question to the movie forum on this site [at Archive.org] before you upload. The copyright could have been renewed and there isn’t a way online to check a film’s copyright status.

For works made from 1950 to 1963, you can check the title at the Library of Congress Copyright Database for copyright renewals. This will list copyright renewals for most films.”

A video may fall under public domain if: (1) the term of copyright for the video has expired; (2) the author failed to satisfy statutory formalities to perfect the copyright or (3) the video is a work of the U.S. Government.

3. How can I download a video?

Video DownloadHelper for Firefox is one of the best tools to download videos online with. You can also use websites like Keepvid and VideoDLto download the majority of streaming videos online. You should only download movies that are in public domain/open source/creative commons.

4. How can I post a documentary on MustWatchFilms.com?

If you have a film recommendation, please contact us with a link to a full streaming version of the documentary and a link to the official website.

If you are the producer of the film, please let us know so that we may consider featuring your documentary for all of our visitors.