Hmmmmmm. The Simpsons. Really? We get to make our own little animated cartoon sequences now do we? And post them on YouTube.
Dubious, I click the play button to be presented with - "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Twentieth Century Fox".
Why am I not surprised?
What does surprise me, however, is that the link to the clip is posted by the Film and Television Institute. The FTI, as described in its website, is "the premier professional development centre for independent screen production & events in Western Australia".
Now call me old fashioned, but I would have thought such a body might actually extol the virtues of copyright protection to its members and readership.
Just like I know it's a complete waste of time for me to write my amazing [insert studio franchise/comic book/graphic novel property here] script as a) the copyright owner will sue me back to the stone age; b) the script will never get produced; and c) my time would be better spent working on my own ideas OR adapting a property I have acquired an option on.
And when option c) comes to pass I damn well expect my intellectual property to have the full protection of copyright laws.
The thing that 'never ceases to amaze me' is how blase some film-makers can be about copyright.
Just saying, they don't need any further encouragement...