Adam Sacks was a video editor for a mission: A kickstarter was to be created to digitally erase the rat, which appears in the final scene of Martin Scorsese's Oscar winner The Departed. But unfortunately it does not seem that Sacks' dream can come true because Warner Bros. issues a DCMA copyright opt-out request to cancel the project.
Sacks attempted to raise $ 4,000 for the project, searching for the Rat, which he describes on the campaign as a "painful metaphor" that ruins the end of an otherwise great movie. (I'm honest, I've never seen The Departed but I'll take his word for it.) The project had reached its target last week but Warner Bros. now claims that the copyright is violated.
The Warners Bros. call does not break this project: "This campaign aims to digitally remove a Rat from the end of our movie and promises to distribute the edited material after completion, which violates our copyright in this film. "
The $ 4,000 would have been used for a strangely specific cost list to make this dream come true, including the purchase of a Blu-ray copy of The Departed ($ 18.91) , a Blu-ray player ($ 141.54), Blu-ray ripping software ($ 59), which hires visual effects artist to remove the rat ($ 599), so that sacks can avoid tax filing forms) , Print the film on 35mm film ($ 414.59), scan the film for re-editing in the film ($ 169.92), purchase a one-month license for Adobe Creative Cloud ($ 57.69), blank Blu -rays ($ 38.31), Sharpies ($ 2.71) and pay an intern to burn the fixed copies and send to supporters ($ 350) 15 hours / hour for 25 hours).
Sacks intended to avoid copyright issues by not selling his fixed copy of The Departed "technically" but instead accepting $ 70 donations to make "a legal bloc". ray of The Departed discard the CD, replace it with my parent version and send it to you. "Unfortunately, the attempt to circumvent these copyright issues seems to have failed.
The risk for Such artists audacity has always been there – Sacks warned on the Kickstarter side that Warner Bros. might have a chance to tear down the project.
All ambitious projects have risks, and this is no exception: Warner Bros. primarily owns the copyright The Departed and can not appreciate me fixing her movie, but if I do not get a letter of cease and get $ 4,000, it'll happen, so b Itte me give me money so that together we can delete the rat digitally from the end of The Departed.
Yet not everyone can be lost. Sacks posted an answer to the situation on his @ RatErase Twitter account which noted that perhaps another brave soul has taken the rat out of the closing scene of the film. He also seems to raise hopes that Warner Bros. will one day take the initiative with a proper 4K Blu-ray release.
"To conclude this project, I would like to thank everyone who supported my dream and those who called me Idiots. Without all your help, this story would have reached national publications and triggered a Warner Brothers Google alert, "he writes. "If there is a silver lining here (apart from the fact that I do not necessarily have to go through that), this online controversy about the rat may make Warner Brothers write a 4K Blu-Ray of The Departed [19459004zuveröffentlichen] , And maybe, maybe, they will contain an alternative ending without a rat. I'm pretty confident it will earn at least $ 4,000 more.
Update 2/25, 6:13 pm ET: Added comment by Sacks, posted this evening on his @ RatErase Twitter account.