Copyright Getting In The Way Of Historical Realism On Mad Men [Updated]
from the and-this-helps-who-now? dept
A reader going by the name Known Coward points us to a short NY Post piece on how NB news anchor has joined the crowd of folks who watch the show Mad Men, but get upset about historical inaccuracies in the show, which is supposed to take place in 1964. I’m not quite sure how interesting a story that really is, but there was one part of it that might be interesting to folks around here. One of the inaccuracies that upset Williams was the fact that the character of Don Draper was seen watching an NFL football game on a Saturday night. Indeed, the NY Post notes that prime-time NFL football didn’t begin until 1970. Where it gets interesting is the reason given by the producers of the show:
Turns out the producers originally wanted to show Don viewing a hockey game between the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, but couldn’t get rights, according to a report yesterday in the Los Angeles Times.
Instead, producers substituted audio of a football game, thinking it would blend into the background.
And, of course, this raises the question of what harm is done to the NHL if the show had actually used the more accurate hockey footage, rather than the football broadcast? How does this, in any way, fit into the realm of “promoting the progress”?
Update: In response to this article, the NHL is calling an offside penalty, saying that it received no such request to use the footage of the Rangers/Leafs game. So… perhaps this isn’t a copyright issue at all, but Mad Men producers trying to hide a mistake in historical reality?