None of the audio or visual content is being hosted on this site. All media is embedded from other sites such as Google Video,  Vimeo and YouTube or other large video streaming websites. The quality of the video streaming is ensured (all videos are embedded from high authority streaming sites).

The owner has not uploaded any of the material to the video hosting sites.  The same material can be watched on many website online. Visitors can find the exact same content on Google Video or YouTube or by doing a quick search in the major search engines. However, All Documentary Films is a pro-DMCA website and as such content owners can use the DMCA protocol to request removal of embedded videos that they believe infringe their copyrights.

We are willing to remove any violating material immediately upon request. The copyright owner must further contact the source if he wants his material off the Internet completely.

Many of the old movies are in public domain. Note that most of the newer videos are probably not in public domain. “When a work’s copyright or patent restrictions expire, it enters the public domain and may be used by anyone for any purpose.”

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 films made between 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 films 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.

Related links:  The Public-Domain Movie Database, Proof of Public Domain, Union for the Public Domain, U.S. copyright Office.

Can I download a video?

You should only download movies that are in public domain/open source/creative commons. Do not attempt to download copyrighted material and upload it anywhere else online and ask us to publish it on our website. Do not attempt at all to use copyrighted material by all means.

How do I watch in full screen?

Every video has a full screen button located beside the volume control usually in the right hand side of the video player. To return to the original size, simply press Esc on your keyboard.

Are there other similar resources?

Archive.org – “This collection contains thousands of videos which range from classic full-length movies, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to user-uploaded videos of every genre. We hope you enjoy this vast and diverse collection!”

Publicdomaintorrents.com – “Public Domain Movie Torrents hosts a wide variety of movies now in the public domain that you can download for free using BitTorrent technology. Many for PDA iPod PSP and other mobile devices.”

The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) is a non-profit professional association established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials.

Footage.net – “Since 1994, FOOTAGE.net has been the premiere stock footage resource to reach the trade’s best stock footage sources – news, creative, archival, and RF. Now find better content faster than ever before.”

Creative Commons – “Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from ‘All Rights Reserved’ to ‘Some Rights Reserved.’”

Am I allowed to use material from this web-site?

Do not ask us to send you material – We don’t have any material since we do not host any films or audio content on this website/domain. You can only use material that is in public domain, open source or published under CCL (creative commons license). Use archive.org and Openflix.com instead to verify which of the material is in public domain.

I want have my film listed on this site. How can I feature my film on this website?

If you are the copyright holder, just upload the documentary film to any of the video sharing sites and send us the link via the contact page. We will review all given links and publish the content as soon as it has been approved by our editors.

Problems viewing the streaming videos.

Note: If the screen is blank and nothing happens the video has probably been more than likely removed from the original source). If the video plays but suddenly stops, try moving the video timeline pointer past the point where it stops. If the video is buffering try reloading the page (usually this doesn’t happen with Youtube Videos, Google Videos or Vimeo Videos).

There could be a number of reason of why the videos are not streaming. Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed, the latest version of DivX Codec and you might also want to download the Divx Player. Make sure you have installed the latest versions of either one of these browsers (we recommend using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) but you can use other browsers such as Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer.

Why are some of the videos removed?

They have been removed by GoogleVideo, YouTube or a similar video hosting service by any number of reasons. That is why some documentaries do no work, we do our best to keep every single page updated and working smoothly.