The movie home was a joint project between Luc Besson and Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Now apparently the reason why the movie was removed from YouTube was that Luc did not want the movie being distributed for free, where Yann did want free distribution. This is Yann’s reason for wanting free distribution (translated from a French website by google translator):
“Without doubt the ecologist think will happen to tons of CO ² and oil it takes to manufacture the DVD home and carry it to sell that FNAC. Carbon and oil probably much higher than the environmental cost of transporting data over the Internet”
A damn fine reason if you ask me even if the translation is a bit sloppy!
Now, because Luc owned the copyright to the film, and loves lots of money, it was removed 10 days after its release on YouTube and there was not much Yann could do about it. Although Luc Besson does not want to release it for free, Home is in fact widely distributed for free on P2P networks, and BitTorrent in particular, in excellent quality. Gee, I wonder where I got my copy from? 🙂
It remains only to Luc Besson to give the green light for downloading becomes legal. Do the right thing Luc and put it back on YouTube. Greed comes in many forms, however at the end of it all, you cannot eat money Luc.
I will leave you with a talk that Yann Arthus-Bertrand gave earlier this year at TED. It is quite an eye opener.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand captures fragile Earth in wide-angle
Also, regarding the Home movie giveaway, I have now have two copies to give away, to anywhere in the world, postage paid! If you are deparate to win a copy, free of charge, please leave a comment as to why you would like to win it back on the original Home post. Best of luck and don’t give up!