Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

German Critics Protest WOTW Review Embargo

German film critics are protesting Paramount Pictures' embargo on reviews of War of the Worlds, the new Spielberg/Cruise blockbuster. While Paramount has traditionally maintained review embargoes on upcoming releases, the policy has been extended in the case of WOTW: the studio asked critics to sign a waiver stating that they would not publish reviews until the film had been released in their countries. Critics in other countries have seemed to go along. However, angry German reviewers stated the policy violates their constitutional rights and say they will continue to resist such embargoes. U. S. critics traditionally tend to go along with such a policy. Note that both Variety and Hollywood Reporter have already released reviews. See here and here.

See coverage of the German reaction here. See the Paramount website for WOTW and release dates here. (Note: it comes with sound effects).

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