In case you’re visiting here from my YouTube channel, you may have noticed that all of the videos from my Star Trek “Doomsday Machine” project have been removed from YouTube and from here.
Unfortunately, I don’t feel that I have any choice in light of this week’s decision in the United States Supreme Court not to hear the appeal of Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who lost a 2007 lawsuit for downloading 24 songs from file sharing site Kazaa and was ordered to pay $222,000.
What does that have to do with my dormant TDM project? Nothing, and everything. I incorporated the original live action footage from that episode into my “reimagined” special effects sequences, and I incorporated the original soundtrack from the episode into those effects shots. I’m not a lawyer, but “fair use” might not apply here. Rather than risk the wrath of CBS, I figured it was better to just get rid of the videos.
The project has been in a coma for three years anyway, but the completely insane verdict against Ms. Thomas-Rasset ($9,250 a song? Really?) was the final nail in the coffin. It’s just not worth it. Sorry.