Post by Peter Stirling on Sept 17, 2023 7:36:33 GMT
Well, the good news is the BFI have said in recent years that they were open to other companies using their old TV material...but I think that is all they are prepared to do and it is left to the user to sort out digital transfers (16mm film is the easiest and cheapest to transfer while old videotape can be a nightmare) and check the legal side of things.
The BFI could do the transfers but they would probably charge an off-putting fortune because they don't want the work as they have their movies to work on.
With regard to copyright AFAIK, the situation in the UK is the exact mirror to what happens in the US. In the UK neglected video material never falls out of copyright while neglected or forgotten audio performances can fall out of copyright after about 50 or 60 years (you may remember the situation with Cliff Richard ). ..something like that anyway.
Obviously 'Oh Boy' used a lot of songs that were never hits and were ephemeral ..so there is a good chance there would be few clearance problems on that side of things. Although someone like Brenda Lee 'may' cause a clearance problem.
All that is really left is for someone like TPTV to decide whether the cost of the transfers and the time spent on legally clearing everything justifies whether they will have a continuous and regular audience for this.
To be fair to someone like TPTV they have put on once-popular shows that people 'said' they wanted to see again only to find the audience got bored with it after a few weeks and turned off.