Fox Publicity Department Trying To Exert Editorial Control Over Dollhouse Fan Site?
from the that's-not-how-it-works... dept
It’s no secret that some entertainment companies have had trouble recognizing that fan sites help promote a show and add value to the show for free. In spite of these benefits, they still seem to have trouble with fan sites, sometimes threatening them over intellectual property violations or simply trying to shut them down. Now Blake points us to the news that someone in Fox’s publicity department is apparently trying to exert editorial control over the fan site Dollverse, which helps promote the TV show Dollhouse. From the details, it really does look like a single person in the publicity department writing a too-sternly-worded letter demanding: “Moving forward do not make any further announcements on your site regarding network scheduling unless you receive notification from the network that scheduling is confirmed.” It sounds like, otherwise, the network had been supportive of the site (and this didn’t come backed up with any specific legal threat). However, it’s still quite an amazing move for a “publicity” department to first demand that a site no longer write about stuff without confirmation, and then to later claim: “Clearing up your misperceptions of the show has become very time consuming and frankly takes away valuable time that could be spent actively marketing the series in the proper way.” That’s not exactly embracing the fan community.