July 21, 2008

Viacom Wants To Steal My Film

I just got a notification from YouTube.com that Viacom has made a copyright ownership claim to my film Juxtaposer.

It is so absurd that it frightens me. I got my film's copyright secured in October 2006, and I only entered into distribution agreements that were nonexclusive. I can't fathom under what pretense Viacom has made this claim. There's no money in it for them. The dollars I've made from Juxtaposer can be counted on my fingers. Maybe they just really liked it. Maybe they want to make my life just a little bit more miserable. Or maybe this is their way of gloating over their recent court victory against Google.

Anyhow, I've disputed their claim and I have the documents to back it up. I'm just a scared that my little film will be lost in the shadow of the hulking monolith called Viacom.

5 comments:

Kevin Williams said...

That's just horrible! Anything the cast and crew can do to help, or should we just raise awareness on the blog-o-sphere?

Jo said...

I'm not sure what else there is to do other than raise a stink about it. So yes, if you'd talk about it on your blog I'd really appreciate it. :)

bprisk said...

I'm not surprised. The contracts I sign are ludicrous in their wording, but for christ's sake, why the f*ck would they go after you. Fight them. I'll join any rank you form.

bprisk said...

Oops. I just realized I showed up very late for this party. Let me know if something happens when you need more recent support. I'll be there.

Jo said...

Hee hee! Its ok- Viacom apologized for claiming Juxtaposer on YouTube. But a couple weeks later I got a take-down notice from another video site. At that point, I was too disgusted to stir up a frenzy again.