This past week, the buzz on the Internet was a two hour “Breaking Bad” movie. It was created completely independently of the show’s creators and producers. Two super fans in France spent 2 years splicing, dicing and editing the entire show into a movie that tells the story of the show.
It’s not a synopsis, nor is it a “highlight” reel of the show. It was created to be a movie using actual footage from all 60+ episodes.
As soon as it was posted on Vimeo, it was taken down due to “copyright violations” of AMC, the show’s parent company.
Poor AMC. They were “violated” by two entrepreneurs who made it clear they didn’t do it to make money and that the footage they used was the property of AMC.
Now, Breaking Bad fans (myself included) who look for the movie to rekindle their love and fascination with the show are met with a gray, lifeless and vague warning about violating copyright.
Think of all the free publicity AMC is passing up to do this. A show that ended 3 years ago could have a resurgence of popularity worldwide because of the video. They could have a resurgence of sales in Walter White action figures. They could embrace the video, invite its creators over for dinner and strike a deal for a theater release.
But no. Not if the ambiguous and ever-draconian IP Police have anything to say about it.
And they most certainly do.
The entrepreneurs who worked on this project for 2 years will likely seek an underground route to distribute their movie.
Once again, enforcing laws whose roots are traced to Gatekeepers centuries ago will lead to ever more piracy and dubious actions by people who simply want to share their work with fellow Breaking Bad fans.
IP Police: Stifling progress since time immemorial.