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File:1976 Sad Lonely Sundays Oath Jack Albertson Sam Jaffe.tiff

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English: Publicity photograph taken on the production set of The Sad and Lonely Sundays, a second unsold pilot of the abandoned medical drama television project The Oath. Pictured were Sam Jaffe (left) and Jack Albertson, who appeared in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the press release information, this presentation was supposed to air on Thursday, August 26, 1976, and Albertson's name was circled.
Date Press release was August 3, 1976.
Source Bought on eBay. Scanned from the scanner.
Author This photo release belonged to ABC Television. Of either ABC or Spelling Entertainment, Inc., this work for hire was of an anonymous photographer.
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This photo was published without copyright notice, but permission was granted to the editorial media to publicize the personalities pictured, the memory of Rod Serling, and the special television presentation of Serling's posthumous work, The Sad and Lonely Sundays. Notice the statement: "Editorial Use Only. All Rights Reserved." The distribution process may be unknown; either ABC or Spelling Entertainment, Inc., may have been a distributor of this photo. See other fields below.

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Copyright requirements All versions of and the back, unscanned, of this photo do not display the copyright notice. This photo was released under the Copyright Act of 1909, and, under the 1909 Act, the copyright notice was required and must contain three elements:
  1. The symbol © (letter C in a circle); the word “Copyright”; or the abbreviation “Copr.”
  2. The year of first publication. If the work is a derivative work or a compilation incorporating previously published material, the year date of first publication of the derivative work or compilation is sufficient. Examples of derivative works are translations or dramatizations; an example of a compilation is an anthology. The year may be omitted when a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work, with accompanying textual matter, if any, is reproduced in or on greeting cards, postcards, stationery, jewelry, dolls, toys, or useful articles.
  3. The name of the copyright owner, an abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or a generally known alternative designation of owner.
    Example © 2007 Jane Doe.
See for older rules that apply to pre-1978 works.
Copyright Act of 1976 Under Appendix A, the 1976 Act does not provide copyright protection for pre-1978 U.S. works already in the public domain.
Selected credits of the television presentation Written by: Rod Serling, known as the creator and narrator of The Twilight Zone. Fortunately, this is his posthumous work, as he died one year prior to presentation's original airing.
Directed by: James Goldstone
Explanations about older publicity releases Film production expert Eve Light Honathaner in The Complete Film Production Handbook, (Focal Press, 2001 p. 211.):
“Publicity photos (star headshots) have traditionally not been copyrighted. Since they are disseminated to the public, they are generally considered public domain, and therefore clearance by the studio that produced them is not necessary.”

The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook By Nancy E. Wolff, Allworth Communications, 2007, p. 55:

“There is a vast body of photographs, including but not limited to publicity stills, that have no notice as to who may have created them.”

Creative Clearance-Publicity photos"

“Publicity Photos (star headshots) older publicity stills have usually not been copyrighted and since they have been disseminated to the public, they are generally considered public domain and therefore there is no necessity to clear them with the studio that produced them (if you can even determine who did).”
Photo also seen in and sent to Rod Serling Memorial Foundation: I, George Ho, have contacted the Foundation about donating this photo and thanked them for their contributions of using it in a proper way and of attributing me to the donation of this photo. After it has been digitally reproduced by the scanner, the actual photograph print had been mailed to that Foundation, whom I can trust with all my heart. This image is also seen in the August 21, 1976, edition of The Day (New London):,3227894&dq=sad+lonely+sundays+jaffe+albertson&hl=en. This is the proof of publication there.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 without a copyright notice. See Commons:Hirtle chart for further explanation. Note that it may still be copyrighted in jurisdictions that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works (depending on the date of the author's death), such as Canada (50 p.m.a.), Mainland China (50 p.m.a., not Hong Kong or Macao), Germany (70 p.m.a.), Mexico (100 p.m.a.), Switzerland (70 p.m.a.), and other countries with individual treaties.

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current06:45, 11 December 2011Thumbnail for version as of 06:45, 11 December 20114,159 × 2,958 (15.64 MB)George Ho (talk | contribs)cropped but larger size with higher resolution
06:40, 11 December 2011Thumbnail for version as of 06:40, 11 December 20111,987 × 1,595 (4.72 MB)George Ho (talk | contribs)showing front photo, yet smaller than original
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