A rejected TV pilot is thriving on P2P networks and Warner Bros. is pissed. What’s wrong with this picture? To start, WB is complaining about the success of a show they never aired:
The studio declined to comment about the future possibility of airing the show. However, it wasn’t shy this week about slamming the BitTorrent leak.
“Whether the pilot was picked up or not, it is still the property of Warner Bros. Entertainment and we take the protection of all of our intellectual property seriously,” said Craig Hoffman, a company spokesman. “While Warner Bros. Entertainment values feedback from consumers, copyright infringement is not a productive way to try to influence a corporate decision.”
Hoffman added that the pilot’s unauthorized distribution is “unacceptable and illegal … no matter what the underlying motives” and said the company hasn’t ruled out taking legal action “when it comes to stopping the illegal distribution of our copyright material.”
The world is changing. A new company, called the Internet, has emerged and it’s poised to set new rules and standards. Companies and organizations, such as WB, the MPAA, the RIAA, etc., need to realize that after decades of control, it is finally time to pass the reigns to the Internet and let the consumers dictate what they want, not have it shoved down their throats.0