Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Many people here in New Zealand are aggrieved that the preview of the second season of Flight of the Conchords was available only to US viewers of the website Funny or Die. Many people don’t understand copyright, then.

The website, run by US citizens and earning its revenue from US citizens, would have bought US-only rights. World rights would have cost a fortune, and generated no revenue. Why on earth would Will Ferrell have bought them? He's running a business, not a charity for New Zealanders.

And let’s not get started on Rhys Darby, who seems like a nice fellow and a Good Thing. He has done rather well out of America, but says that “A lot of the blame has gone on America, the country itself, which is great.” There's a word for people like that.

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