Dear Wal-Mart Executives: You're On Candid Camera... And There's A Big Market For Those Videos

from the oops dept

Allen Funt, the creator of the famed Candid Camera TV show eventually donated the archives of the show to Cornell University, where it could be used for psychology research -- and to entertain the nearly 2,000 students in each year's psych 101 class. Now another long running set of "candid" videos is getting released, but not for academic purposes. A small company named Flagler Productions has, since the 1970s, filmed Wal-Mart's internal meetings for archival purposes. Wal-Mart was, effectively, Flagler's only client (it had a few others, but Wal-Mart represented 95% of the company's business). In 2006, Wal-Mart fired Flagler, basically taking away nearly all of its revenue. Rather than shut down or find new clients, Flagler realized it possessed an asset and started selling access to the behind-the-scenes videos of Wal-Mart executive meetings. Apparently it's been of tremendous interest to folks involved in all sorts of lawsuits against Wal-Mart -- especially for the clips showing execs mocking women (for a sexual discrimination case).

Of course, some might immediately question whether or not Flagler owns the rights to these videos, but no contract was signed between the parties and no transfer of rights was made -- and copyright law basically says whoever recorded it owns the copyright. Of course, the simplest solution would be for Wal-Mart to pay Flagler for the rights -- but it would appear there's something of a gap between asking prices. Wal-Mart has offered $500,000. Flagler wants $145 million. Apparently Flagler realized the best way to bridge the gap was to start selling access to the videos. Wal-Mart hasn't started any legal proceedings (it's probably trying to figure out if it has any case at all), but in quite the understatement, noted: "Needless to say, we did not pay Flagler Productions to tape internal meetings with this aftermarket in mind." Indeed.

Filed Under: candid camera, contracts, copyright, videos
Companies: wal-mart


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  1. identicon
    Marsha Hendershot, 21 Apr 2008 @ 8:27pm

    Re: Uh, no

    NO...they won't..knowing, Wal-Mart as I do...their running
    scared right about now...$500.000 is pocket change to them..

    But $145 million is another story...Flagger Productions has them by the BALLS.....Mike Flagger has a story of a Life Time...setting right in his lap..getting the GOODS or should I say FOREIGN GOODS on Wal-Mart is PRICELESS...No amount of money...could EVER BE ENOUGH for WHAT I HAD TO ENDURE....And I hope Mr.Flagger will NOT let Wal-Mart get their way..for a change...They need to be exposed for the TRUE COMPANY that they are...Folks..just for a moment..

    This Texas Blue Eyes are Watching you Wal-Mart
    What! was the one thing we ALL heard for many years...

    .....Guaranteed Lowest Prices Anywhere....
    Next To "Made in the U.S.A."
    {And I am Not so sure about that anymore either}
    That is called Brain Washing..
    And we feel for it....Hook,Line and Sinker..

    And Now..who's turn is it to turn the tables on them...US

    I want everyone to see them for the SCUM BAGS they are...

    If..you truly want to get back at them..don't ever step foot back into a Wal-Mart store..And..Just sit back and watch them Squirm..you will see PANIC!! and FEAR!! like never before...and believe me when, I say...
    You Will see Grown Men Cry...
    For They Will Have Just LOST ALL THEIR WAL-MART STOCKS.

    And,I am talking MILLIONS of STOCKS..
    Which Means Millions of DOLLARS..That's the ONE Thing
    They DEPEND ON..Other Company's and People and there own
    employees own stock,if don't die first,that is your
    retirement...NO Sales..No Profit..No Stocks..

    How Do I Know This..When they were busted for not promoting
    Women for Asst. Manager's and Manager's positions, I didn't
    have a choice..I was going into the training program..
    And..that is all we heard....Stocks,Stocks,Stocks,Stocks...

    For without Stocks..
    they will go down to "O" zero...
    If you don't have any sales.
    Would you??? Invest YOUR Money with them...

    I Don't Think So...

    Anyway..think about it...
    I haven't been back to Wal- Mart sense I left..in 1991..
    And..found I don't need there Cheap Foreign Cramp

    I have Alternative ways...I support our Local Business
    and get what I need Cheaper than at Wal-Mart..

    Anyway..I could go on an on........

    I Have Stared My Own website if anyone is interested
    go to Meetup.com do your little password thing..
    Type in Boycott Wal-Mart..my ZIP CODE is 77320 and
    I will be listed as
    Huntsville,TX and America Boycott Wal-Mart..
    log on if you like Commits and Views are always
    (welcome just keep it clean)

    Flagger Productions...Thank You, for helping all the women
    of Wal-Wart..but,we need to remember some male employees
    where treated badly too..

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