I don’t post every single post, but I’m very involved!
That seems to be a popular trend, doesn’t it?
I don’t think so! At least I haven’t heard anything like that :)
Plus when movies do that, they usually say its “split into two films” because it’s based on one book. Well there isn’t one book that HTTYD3 would be based on, so if anything there would just be a HTTYD4 rather than 2 halves of HTTYD3 - does that make sense? hahaha
First of all, this community/fandom is important - I am hopeful that this doesn’t hurt the friendships that have been built here.
Second of all, don’t take this as an official voice. This doesn’t represent the company, it’s just my voice :)
So… technically speaking, it’s not okay to make gifs from the torrent. On the other hand, technically technically speaking, it’s not technically okay to make gifs of copyrighted IP at all. It’s in the same vein as posting clips of a movie on YouTube - technically not okay. You are very highly unlikely to get in any sort of trouble because even though legally you’re not supposed to be doing it, it usually ends up serving a marketing/PR purpose for the film or tv show so they wouldn’t want to take action. So posting gifs and clips (at all) is already kind of in a gray area but people here on tumblr know that it’s whatever, everyone does it.
Then we go further into the gray area - what about footage that isn’t really supposed to be out there yet? I gotta say, I am SO PROUD of you guys, that you’ve held out for this long! Most fandoms do not have this level of self-control. I know there have been pirated torrents out there since opening weekend, and I know it’s been tempting! I would ask that gifs from unreleased clips not be posted until it’s out for purchase on Digital HD (October) - that’s only one month away! On the other hand, I don’t think fans should bust out the pitchforks when someone posts unreleased gifs - it creates unnecessary tension and division. I know there are people who will post now and swear they’ll buy it when it comes out - a lot of them are telling the truth, and some of them aren’t. There’s no way to police that and I think it’s a set up for drama.
Given the risks, both personal and to the community, I think that for the next month each person should decide what sits well with their conscience and act accordingly. If piracy doesn’t bother you, maybe think twice about how your fellow fandom members would feel about it before posting. If you believe that posting unreleased gifs supports piracy, don’t like or reblog those posts but also don’t send angry asks. Do feel free to have considerate discussions and ask each other questions about it, though! To me personally, the most important thing is that this community is healthy and happy. Love you all!
I feel the same way!
Yes it is - the press release is here: http://www.pitchengine.com/pitches/67f8b53d-8625-41b9-82ec-064eec020e1b
The new date is June 9, 2017! (Release dates are always a moving target, so I’m not terribly surprised - hopefully this will give the filmmakers more time to make #3 extra amazing!)