Sept 1940 Look
magazine advance cover story for Chaplin's "The Dictator"
(released as The Great Dictator).
When submitting the copyright for The Dictator in November 1938,
Chaplin ran into opposition from Paramount who had dibs on the proposed title.
Although titles are not subject to copyright protection, Hollywood had
long-practiced a self-regulated policy of Title Registration. Chaplin decided to
alter the title rather than pay Paramount the $25,000 it asked to transfer these
title rights to the Chaplin Studio.
This title reservation policy is still in effect in the industry today, as
administered by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).