Due to the order of a judge in Florida against Echostar I don’t get any major network programming at home, save a PBS national feed. So, when “The Path to 9/11” came out, I wanted to see it, but figured I’d wait until the DVD came out (it wasn’t urgent).
I haven’t paid any attention to the film since then, but today I heard the director of the show on Dennis Miller’s radio show talking about how there would be no DVD release, and how the Clinton machine and Disney collaborated to edit the film for airing and then finally kill all future availability. Apparently they didn’t like the way Bill Clinton was portrayed. The director says the miniseries was the #1 mini-series of the year and attracted 28 million viewers. There’s simply no argument that there’s not a DVD market for the product. He plans a documentary about the attempts to bury the film.
So, while I’m in favor of rewarding artists for their work as part of our social contract under copyright terms, their end of the contract implies availability for the term of protection. Since they’ve violated the agreement, for political expediency no less, I have no trouble reminding folks that the bittorrent tracker sites are searchable and the people are likely to be routing around this kind of censorship.