Thursday, May 06, 2004

Censorship?

I've just erased what I wrote here about the Michael Moore movie "Fahrenheit 911" and Di$ney's refusal to allow Miramax to distribute it - I'm really back and forth on it. While I have a well-known fondness for WaltDisneyWorld, I also have a long-standing disdain for Di$neyCo as a corporation, mostly for years of litigiousness over everything from copyright to liability. So I have no love for Disney, but I'm having trouble deciding whether I would call this censorship or just a (bad) business decision. What is an entertainment company's obligation to distribute a film that they feel may be bad for their business? Particularly when they let Miramax know a year ago that they were not going to allow the distribution. I'm not defending the Mou$e and I don't think it's the right thing to do, but I'm a little careful in how I use the word "censorship". Whatcha think?

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