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The billion-dollar zombie movie industry wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for a mistake in George Romero’s classic film, Night of the Living Dead.

YouTuber Kristian Williams explains that, when making the title credits, the film’s distributor forgot to add a copyright indicator, an oversight which resulted in the film entering the public domain.

Without this mistake, Romero would have owned the zombie copyright until 2024, meaning we wouldn’t have cult zombie depictions like Shaun of the Dead, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

Watch the video above.

In other movie news, Leonardo DiCaprio is hopefully going to be the next joker.

  • Main & Featured Image: Night of the Living Dead
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