Adult Wednesday Addams pulled from Youtube

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Hi everyone! Thank you for the outpouring of support and concern about the disappearance of Adult Wednesday Addams from the internet. As many of you have seen, the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation flagged the show and, for now, it is off of YouTube. I am working actively on coming to a resolution and will not let Wednesday be caged in internet purgatory. I appreciate your patience and support while... I sort this issue out!

Obviously, this is very upsetting that the videos aren't online. Wednesday means so much to me as I know she does to you. Thank you for all of your enthusiasm. Your support every step of the way has meant the world to me.

UPDATE: At this point, the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation cannot do anything to change the status of this issue, so sending messages and donations will not remedy the situation. If there is anything that can be done in support of the series, I will let you know. Thank you again for everything!

Full Heart, Dead Eyes, Can't Lose.

Her now-mostly-empty Youtube channel is here. If you haven't seen all 13 episodes of this hilarious series, it's still easy for you to do so: oh look, torrents. That doesn't give her the ad money, though.

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16 Responses:

  1. Pavel Lishin says:

    Glad I binge-watched them all a few months ago.

    At this point, the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation cannot do anything to change the status of this issue

    What does that mean? Does it mean that even if they were fine with it, it's too late to reign in the Youtube dogs?

    • jwz says:

      She hasn't elaborated on that, but it sounds like some bullshit to me.

      • Nick Lamb says:

        Facebook as usual makes it impossible to cite this in a useful way, but a short way down that Facebook page, behind a "Show more" link:

        "Thank you for your comments concerning the suspension of Melissa Hunter's The Adult Wednesday Addams©. Unfortunately for all involved, it is not as simple as you are thinking it might be: The Establishment versus the artist - on the contrary.

        We have a contract with MGM to produce a full-length animated feature film of The Addams Family® to look exactly as Charles Addams originally painted them. That contract prohibits anyone from portraying those characters in any media during the life of the contract.

        Regardless of her talent or the breadth of her audience or the entertainment it gave you, the online series is a violation of that contract, something for which both Ms Hunter and this Foundation could have been sued heavily. You can thank Melissa Hunter for not having understood the need to contact us so as to obtain a license to protect her show. Now it is too late and she will have to wait to resume her career as the Adult Wednesday Addams© until a year after the film has been released.

        Hopefully, she realizes that she already has an audience and merely needs to change the title of her show and her appearance."

        It's always reassuring to see that people whose livelihoods revolve around these things aren't clear on how to use a copyright symbol. That's the main thing I took away from this.

        • jwz says:

          The character was created in 1938, 77 years ago. The creator died in 1988, 27 years ago. See? The system works!

          Anyway, yes, bullshit: they "can't do anything" and are "forced" to attack Melissa because of a contract that they voluntarily entered in to with someone else entirely. And because the option of acting like reasonable fucking human beings and acknowledging that there is zero chance this will ever take any bread off their table and just leaving her alone is literally inconceivable to them.

          I'm sure that part of the Constitution that says "to promote the progress of science and useful arts" actually means "to secure forever the profits of holding companies inherited from dead people."

        • jwz says:

          To be clear: "the online series is a violation of that contract".

          No. Melissa cannot violate a contract she never signed.

          • Owen W. says:

            I'm guessing the company has an "exclusive use" clause, but their contention that they could be sued for her trademark / copyright violation is strange. They seem to think that because they have the contract, they are responsible for enforcing the trademark, and if someone else violates it they could be held liable. It sounds like a variation of the meme of "they have to enforce their trademark or else they lose it," but somehow it's been transferred to a third party.

            Are the production company's lawyers complete idiots for thinking they have to enforce the trademark, or just out to bilk their client by making extra work? This type of clause is usually written to protect a production company by giving them a temporary monopoly so they have time to develop a product without fear that someone else will come in and do it quicker.

        • Pavel Lishin says:

          Hopefully, she realizes that she already has an audience and merely needs to change the title of her show and her appearance.

          Oh, it's that easy! She just needs to change the name of her show! And the appearance of her character! And the show concept! And everything!

          • fan202014 says:

            I think we should all start voting with our dollars and feet. If copyright owners want to be legalistic...let's just not go to the movies, watch their shows, or buy the media.

  2. Kyle Huff says:

    Change your apps name. Not that big of a deal.

    Steve

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Andres says:

    I will happily give her money to keep making these.

  4. Pete Raynor says:

    Nick Lamb - where was that quote taken from - who said that?

    Thanks

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