first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target Adam Sacks recently made headlines with his Kickstarter campaign to “erase the rat” from The Departed’s final scene. Unfortunately, Sacks’ efforts were short-lived: The crowdfunding platform just deleted Sacks’ campaign due to copyright issues.On Monday, Warner Bros. issued a DCMA copyright takedown request to end Sacks’ campaign, The Verge reported. Sacks also posted an update on the campaign’s Twitter account to inform fans about the copyright dilemma.I have some sad news.— Erase the rat in The Departed (@RatErase) February 25, 2019Sacks, a seasoned video editor, attempted to raise $4,000 to remove the rat from the end of the movie, which he said was a “painfully on the nose metaphor” that botched the final scene of Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning flick. Even though the campaign reached its financial goal, it probably won’t go through due to Warner Bros.’ DCMA copyright takedown request.“This campaign is to digitally remove a rat from the end of our motion picture, and is promising to distribute the edited footage upon completion, which violates our copyright in this film,” Warner Bros. wrote in the request. Once Kickstarter received this copyright notice, it removed Sacks’ campaign from the website.Interestingly enough, the $4,000 budget to “digitally erase the rat” from The Departed had a detailed breakdown: It included a Blue-ray player ($141.54), Blue-ray ripping software ($59), purchasing a Blue-ray copy of the movie ($18.91), employing a visual effects editor to take out the rat ($599 to avoid filling out tax forms), printing out the movie on 35-millimeter film ($414.59), scanning the film back to re-edit the flick ($169.92), an Adobe Creative Cloud License ($57.69), blank Blue-rays ($38.31), Sharpie markers ($2.71), and hiring some help to burn the fixed copies and send them to campaign backers ($350).The Departed was a good movie with a very bad ending. Here’s my explanation of the problem.— Erase the rat in The Departed (@RatErase) February 19, 2019Sacks was prepared to battle copyright problems though: On the campaign, he said he would, “buy you a legal Blu-ray of The Departed, throw that disc away, replace it with my superior version, and mail it to you.” He even warned backers that Warner Bros. could go after him and thwart the project over potential copyright issues.Despite attempts to avoid copyright issues, Sacks’ project was terminated on Kickstarter. However, Sacks isn’t giving up: On Monday, he posted a pitch video on YouTube about the “remove the rat” project. So maybe, just maybe, Sacks’ proposal will change Warner Bros.’ perspective on The Departed’s end scene.More on Launches Kickstarter to Wipe the Silly Symbolic Rat From the End of ‘The Departed’ LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Is Coming to Theaters in 2021The History of SexBots in Movieslast_img

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