One of the stars of SyFy’s Haven tweets that the best short fan video in advance of Season 3 (premiering in September) will get its creator an autographed set of Season 2 DVDs (which will also be released in September). In response to a fan who asks whether the footage should be original, he clarifies “We want a promo trailer like a commercial.” Legitimately acquired source will have to be from DVD rips (for Season 1) or iTunes/Amazon downloads (for Seasons 1/2). A few points: (1) nobody, on the show’s side or the fans’ side, is interested in anything but the quality of the resulting video, which includes both content and form and therefore requires high-quality source; (2) this contest presumes that fans will have ready access to clip-making software (or unauthorized downloads), and it’s doubtful that the people behind it gave a moment’s thought to that background reality; (3) this contest also celebrates the underlying truth that creative, engaged fans are a huge benefit for a mass media production, not a detriment. So tell me again what’s wrong with a remix video exemption?
PS: Haven is fun and sf/fantasy fans should give it a try!