For a group of Charlotte teenagers who made their own Hunger Games movie, the games have resumed.
Their film, which has been on YouTube since last fall, is available in-full again after the site took part of it down over the weekend. The maker of the blockbuster Hollywood version, Alliance Films, had claimed it violated their copyright.
The young filmmakers, students at Charlotte Country Day School, were threatened with banishment from YouTube if they didnt remove all offending material, said Eddie Mansius, a member of the group. It wasnt clear to them what the violation was, Mansius said. They wrote YouTube and the filmmakers Sunday, asking what can we do to fix it?
They hadnt received a response by Tuesday afternoon, Mansius said. But a New York Times reporter contacted both the teens and the Lionsgate studio Monday, Mansius said. The reporter told the students that Lionsgate officials said the video was taken down mistakenly, according to Mansius. Lionsgate has not responded to the Observers request for comments.
The flap about the student film whose seven parts have totaled more than 1 million views was a learning experience, Mansius said.
It taught me that you cant act too rashly at first in a dispute, he said.
You need to just contact them, do the best you can, and leave it at that.
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less