Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Follow Up to Episode 89: Bad PR?


In Episode 89, Kip and I got into an argument over what Disney should do with Escape from Tomorrow.  I argued that Disney must take action to intervene to protect their intellectual property.  Kip argued that doing so would make for bad public relations.

My follow up question:  How would suing these chuckle heads be bad PR?  Look at this:

This looks terrible.  It looks like that guy is ready to do something horrible in that pool if he doesn't stop peeping those French girls. 

Is there anyone in the world who would say that Disney was being a bully unfair for trying to shut this crap down?  Is there someone that would say that Disney is targeting a little guy unfairly for saying "You did not have permission to do this in our parks and you do not have our permission to use our characters or use our buildings which we have been the stewards of for decades?"  Who would think that Disney is the bad guy in this scenario?

Kip's only counter would be that it would draw extra attention to the movie.  Hasn't that already happened?  The New York Times and New Yorker are kind of famous papers.  Blogs about the movie are already all over the internet.

How can you say that there would be bad PR for protecting your rights when weighed against all the negatives.

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