The Documentary Is Done, But You Can't Watch It
from the how-nice dept
Documentary makers who are on limited budgets have apparently had to make “shortcuts” when licensing archival footage, sometimes meaning that the footage they’re using can only be used for a few years. What that means is that certain award-winning documentaries can no longer be shown. While the filmmakers obviously knew what they were getting into when they signed the license deal, this does begin to show some of the sillier sides of content protection like this. It’s basically saying that you can “rent an idea.” Content is an idea. Once it’s out there, you can’t put it back in the box — but with licensing programs, that’s exactly what people are trying to do. The end result is that people end up having completed, historically significant documentaries that no one can watch because it breaks the law.