Tuesday, June 26, 2007
A Parody of ‘Die Hard’ Returns to YouTube, Approved
The story seems familiar to online video users: fans create a parody video using pirated studio content and post it on YouTube, and the studio’s lawyers quickly have it removed for violating copyright law. But this time the studio’s marketing team relented —and even paid the fans to repost their video.
Last August, a New York-based “comic-rock” group named Guyz Nite created an online video for their song “Die Hard,” a rather worshipful three-minute guide to 20th Century Fox’s action-movie franchise starring Bruce Willis and within days Fox’s legal department requested that the video be removed from YouTube.
But guess what in February, with a fourth “Die Hard” movie on the horizon, Fox’s marketing department contacted the band and offered to pay it to repost the video, using additional video clips to promote the new film, “Live Free or Die Hard,” which opens on Wednesday. The new version of the video has been viewed almost 90,000 times on YouTube; the reposted old version has been viewed almost 100,000 times.
Creating a viral video is something that’s incredibly difficult and if its really working well for the intellectual property owners, I cant see why they should not create a win win partnership with the content creators to take it to the next level.