And The Award For The Most Complete Misunderstanding Of Internet Video Goes To… The Motion Picture Academy
from the way-to-go!! dept
The buzz today is about the Motion Picture Academy’s decision to have YouTube yank all the uploaded videos from the Oscars. However, unlike Viacom, who at least seemed to have a plan behind its decision to pull clips from YouTube, the Motion Picture Academy seems to be doing it for either spite or stupidity. Ric Robertson, exec administrator for the Academy, gave one of the most bizarre explanations. It’s got nothing to do with money, apparently as he said it’s “really not about (protecting that) business opportunity.” Even though the Oscars have their own website with clips, Robertson says he plans to even yank down their own clips. Apparently, it’s all an effort to “whet people’s appetite for next year’s show.” Yes, apparently the Motion Picture Academy believes that the best way to get people interested in next year’s Oscars is to… remove all evidence of this year’s Oscars. Back at the Tech Policy Summit earlier this week, David Garfield of the MPAA insisted that movie studio execs weren’t as stupid as everyone made them out to be — but with stories like this, it’s not hard to see where that reputation comes from.