Did a Typo Accidentally Make Rudolph's TV Special Public Domain?
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Did a Typo Accidentally Make Rudolph’s TV Special Public Domain?

TV URBAN LEGEND : A typo accidentally made Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV Special public domain. Everyone knows the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV Special that has been airing yearly on CBS for over FIFTY years now… The story of Rudolph, mocked for his shiny red nose, who heads off with a depressed elf named Hermey (who wants to be a dentist instead of work for Santa Claus) and end up on an island of Misfit Toys before everything works out for everyone involved, is a total classic. However, did you ever notice that there is a major error in the opening of the special? See how it says MCLXIV? They left out an M. It is supposed to read MCMLXIV. Thus, it is claiming that the work is copyrighted in the year 1164 instead of 1964 (the special was a bit rushed towards the end, which possibly explains why originally they didn’t bother to show the Misfit Toys actually getting rescued, until viewers complained so much that they had to make a change the following year ). That’s seemingly just a silly mistake, but in actuality, that sort of thing could be a major problem. You see, […]


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