Fox Gets Tons Of Attention For Banksy Simpsons Video... Then Pulls It Off YouTube

from the you're-doing-it-wrong... dept

Late Sunday night, the talk of the internet was the extremely "dark" open sequence for The Simpsons, which was apparently done by famed artist Banksy, and which made a statement about Asian animation and manufacturing sweat shops producing both Simpsons animations and merchandise. According to various reports, there was a lot of back and forth from News Corp. about getting this approved, and even animators for the show initially refused to animate the opening. However, it eventually went out, and was an instant sensation. And, of course, once it's an instant sensation, lots of folks went online to see it, and Banksy apparently uploaded the video to his own channel on YouTube (where I saw it). However, as Benny6Toes alerts us, the video has now been taken down from YouTube, apparently due to a copyright claim from 20th Century Fox:
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Of course, the "official" video is available on Hulu if you're in the US, and you can find it elsewhere if you really want. But it seems rather pointless and petty for it to be taken down from Banksy's official account. Now, it could just be YouTube's ContentID system (in fact, I'd guess that's what it was) rather than an official DMCA takedown notice, but if that's the case, it again highlights the silliness of doing automated takedowns like that, where this seems like a case that Fox and the show are getting extra promotion by not just allowing the original video to air, but then to make it available for people to see...

Filed Under: banksy, copyright, fox, simpsons, takedown
Companies: 20th century fox, news corp.


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    jsf (profile), 13 Oct 2010 @ 8:30am

    Re: Re: Make a real statement

    In the hand animation business most of the animators work long hours for poor pay. Over the past couple of decades most of the works has moved from Japan, to Korea, to Viet Nam, etc. to keep costs as low as possible.

    The most skilled, and best paid, animators are used to make what are called key cels. Key cels are the most detailed in a sequence, with the ones in between key cels not needing the same detail because they are only visible for a fraction of a second. Particularly when motion is involved the in between cels are of lesser quality. In many cases the in between cels only contain the portion of the frame that is changing, not the entire scene. This is why as a collector you want to buy the key cels.

    The people that make the non-key cels really don't get paid much. But in some of the third world places the work actually takes place it is still better then starving.

    I'm not sure if things are similar in the computer animation world, but would not be surprised if it is similar. Much like the "chinese gold farmer" working conditions.

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