Sunday, November 13, 2011

You Mean, The "Battlestar Galactica" Copyright Hasn't Lapsed Into The Public Domain Completely Yet?

It sure feels like "Battlestar Galactica" hasn't been owned by anyone competent or intelligent for decades and decades, doesn't it? Universal Studios reminds me of the typical "Absentee Landlord" who allows his apartment complex to have plumbing problems, heating problems, plaster falling from the ceiling, and cockroaches all over the damn place. I think everything "wrong" Universal Studios has done with the "Battlestar Galactica" property for the past 33 years indicates an "Absentee Landlord" and the blatant appearance of the "Battlestar Galactica" property lapsing into the public domain via neglect. Up to and including

1. Bryan Singer's continued nebulous involvement with the property via his continued movie announcements every three years.

2. Ronald D. Moore's total sabotage of the property.

3. Inferior merchandise continuously released of the property ("Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Epic Series") DVD set.

This isn't the first time Universal Studios has allowed one of its properties to lapse into the public domain. Back in 2004, they released the first two seasons of "Dream On", the outstanding HBO comedy series starring Brian Benben. Now? You can watch the remaining episodes of "Dream On" on widespread bootleg DVD. Of course, if Universal Studios has bothered to release the remaining seasons of "Dream On" on DVD, there wouldn't be bootleg discs all over the damn place now would there? And Universal Studios allowed the exact same thing to happen to "Weird Science -The Television Series."

Nothing constructive ever has or ever will happen with the "Battlestar Galactica" property because from all appearances it looks like it is lapsing into the public domain via neglect. Universal Studios 33 year old abuse of the property had to reach an apogee of some sort eventually, now didn't it? When you abuse something that much for such an extended period of time, "all that goes around comes around" will eventually come to a head, right? And many times not to the abuser's liking.

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