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America’s Most Thwarted Home Video

The other day I read an interesting entry on JD Lasica’s weblog Darknet, in which Lasica describes his attempt to put together a home movie “just for showing off to family or friends.” The problems he faced were not technical, but legal, as he wanted to splice into his project a few seconds of video from a handful of movies. He could have simply inserted the clips without any fuss, and nobody who cared would have been the wiser, but Lasica, who wrote a book about the “personal media revolution,” decided to play the game according to the rules of the media oligopoly. He sent formal requests to the seven major studios that own the movies.
Now, who in their right mind would have a problem with someone wanting to use a few seconds of film footage for a home movie? Apparently the movie studios would. Here is how things shook out…

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