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'It's a Wonderful Life' Copyright

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'It's a Wonderful Life' Copyright

'It's a Wonderful Life' Copyright

'It's a Wonderful Life' Copyright

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NPR's Rick Karr reports on how a 1946 box office flop became so ubiquitous on television this time of year. It's a Wonderful Life is a sentimental favorite... in part because of Jimmy Stewart, but also because no one ever bothered to file the papers to extend the copyright on the movie.