Frequently Asked Questions About Public Domain Cartoons Library

Details on Retro Cartoon Vault's Service

I am interested in Titles X, Y, and Z, how much are they?

Call The Retro Cartoon Vault at 310-622-7267 during business hours or email us with your want list of public domain cartoons. Prices depend on format and quantity of titles you require. Composing your want list yields the most accurate quote.

What is the turn around time for an order?

Usually 2-3 business days, but can vary with the size of the order.

What delivery formats are available?

We can deliver any high quality digital format you wish including Apple Quicktime ProRes Quicktime with other file formats and Code-ecs such as MPEG2, MPEG4, Some titles are available in high definition. Standard Definition programs are available in NTSC and PAL standards. High Definition can be delivered on 1080p 24fps or 1080p PAL.

How is my order delivered?

For small orders (for instance, a few cartoons), we can upload the files for you to download. For larger orders (over 30 Gigs of Data) we put files on a hard drive to ship to you via Federal Express.

How long does shipping take? What is the shipping cost?

If we ship a physical hard drive or if we ship broadcast tape masters, it usually takes 2-3 business days to turn around and then send via Federal Express. Cost depends on the size of your order and is based on the Federal Express rates. In most cases, we prefer to bill your company's Fed Ex account number.

What is the quality of the material?

In most cases, the source masters that are in standard defiition are from Digital Beta Master tapes transferred directly from the best available film prints making for high broadcast quality features for your use. You will not find better any place else. High definition titles were generally originated from film. The elements of certain rare archival footage are of varying degrees of condition and we always tell you up front what to expect.

How does a movie enter into the public domain?

There are several ways a film becomes a public domain movie. The work was either never registered with the United States Copyright Office or the renewal of the registration on the 28th year was not made. If copyright notice was not given during the years when such was a requirement, the film becomes public domain. Also, films commissioned by the U.S. Government are public domain.

How do we know that this material is really public domain?

All available titles have been researched with the U.S. Library of Congress and are public domain. As an international distributor, we could not sell them to you if they were not. Some titles that are foreign to the United States (like British, German, and French titles) are only public domain inside the United States. If you are not familiar with how U.S. copyright laws apply in your country please do your own due diligence. Almost all of the cartoons in our library are American-made cartoons. When they passed into the public domain, American made cartoons became public domain worldwide.

What About the Music?

If part of the original program, music is free and clear to use when aired alongside the picture. As part of the production, music was assigned "synchronization rights"

Are there any restictions on the use of the materials?

You cannot separate the music and use in another production. Otherwise, you are free to do what you wish with the material.

What payment methods are available?

We accept wire transfer for larger orders and Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for small orders (like a couple of movie trailers or cartoons.)

Public Domain Films


Why PD?

Where it comes from

"Congress shall have the power...To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries". - United States Constitution