Sunday, October 22, 2006

Digital Distribution Wars

The "webisodes" of Battlestar Galactica created more traffic to the Sci-Fi Channel's web site than the show generates viewers. But NBC says they are only promotional material, in spite of the approximately 20 minutes of new footage they contain. As promotional material, the writers don't get residuals for their use (and presumably, neither do the actors, though nobody seems to be talking about them). This naturally doesn't sit well with the writers' guild, and a fight is a-brewing. The online world is coming, but corporate forces either can't face it or want to mercilessly exploit it.

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