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Pink Floyd Animation Contest Stirs Controversy by Exploiting Artists

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A cheerful occasion surrounding certainly one of rock and roll’s seminal albums has turned bitter for some animation business followers of Pink Floyd. The English rock band is collaborating with the British Movie Institute (BFI) on an animated music video competitors celebrating the 50th anniversary of their seminal Darkish Facet of the Moon album, however eagle eye investigators from the group have fond extremely objectionable phrases within the submission guidelines’ small print. Apparently, the band and BFI will take full possession and rights to monetize all entries, no matter closing placements.

In response to band member Nick Mason within the above official competitors announcement video, the band calls on “a brand new technology of animators” of all types to create a brand new animated music video for one of many 10 songs on the 1973 album, within the spirit of its earlier animated visuals. On its face, the competition seems fairly thrilling with massive prizes (a £100,000 grand prize amongst different smaller financial awards) and loads of clout. Nonetheless, stripping inventive possession is exploitative, given the unbelievable quantity of labor that goes into creating such a bit. The animation group is in an uproar on Twitter.

There may be merely no good – or acceptable – cause for the competition holders to remove creator possession until they want to monetize or in any other case use the work with out compensating the creators. Maybe they’ll re-release the album’s 10 songs with new movies, but there is just one grand prize winner, that means many artists will probably be woefully under-compensated. Given the very nature and message of Darkish Facet of the Moon, of all of the creatives at present within the leisure scene, the members of Pink Floyd must be those to grasp the significance of defending artists’ rights.

ClientEarth, an environmental charity that additionally has ties to the competitors, beforehand auctioned off a group of the band’s basic guitars to assist combat local weather change. Whereas it’s unclear precisely how a lot data of or accountability for the submission guidelines both the charity or BFI has, they’re occasion to the exploitation. BFI is listed, together with Mason and Pink Floyd’s inventive director Aubrey “Po” Powell as members of the panel judging a winner.

Makes an attempt by AWN to succeed in the competitors group in addition to ClientEarth, the BFI, and the publicist who despatched a press launch asserting the fiftieth anniversary contest, have to date gone unanswered.

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