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(Entertainment Weekly)   Meet the man who blurs offensive and private imagery on COPS, from faces to name brand t-shirts to...chihuahuas?   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 22
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2013-02-16 04:58:06 PM
So, this is the lucky fellow who gets to see meth-riddled wang and hanging fat chick udders?
 
2013-02-16 06:07:34 PM

FirstNationalBastard: So, this is the lucky fellow who gets to see meth-riddled wang and hanging fat chick udders?


As jobs go, it's still not really that bad.
 
2013-02-16 06:23:39 PM
Some jackass called the people who put on the show and said that the dog was an actor with an agent, and he did not give permission for his performance to be broadcast, thus blurry dog face.
 
2013-02-16 06:26:31 PM
If the pic in TFA is the guy, it looks like he's do this job for free.
 
2013-02-16 06:29:03 PM
Oh! THAT'S why they blurred the chihuahuas! Thanks, EW!

/no, really, I've wondered about that ever since I saw the episode.
//yes, I watch COPS
 
2013-02-16 06:54:27 PM
I've never understood why they blur out brand names and logos on that, or any other show.  It just looks petty and stupid.
 
2013-02-16 07:00:11 PM
He's doing us all a favor if volume's included..
 
2013-02-16 07:01:41 PM
 Cops used to be much more interesting when they followed a cop or cops in a single town for episodes.
Now they skip around too much, blur too much, cut too much. Also, comparing older episodes to
the newer ones, you can really see the transition from cops being cops with an occasional a- hole to
almost all of the cops being militant a-holes. The more recent episodes show that now the police will tackle, tase, beat and cuff anyone for even the most petty thing.
 
2013-02-16 07:09:25 PM

ReapTheChaos: I've never understood why they blur out brand names and logos on that, or any other show.  It just looks petty and stupid.


Free advertising, how the fark does it work?
 
2013-02-16 07:10:00 PM
Because the cops were brutalizin' the chihuahua?
 
2013-02-16 07:22:40 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: Cops used to be much more interesting when they followed a cop or cops in a single town for episodes.
Now they skip around too much, blur too much, cut too much. Also, comparing older episodes to
the newer ones, you can really see the transition from cops being cops with an occasional a- hole to
almost all of the cops being militant a-holes. The more recent episodes show that now the police will tackle, tase, beat and cuff anyone for even the most petty thing.


Absolutely true.

The first couple of seasons, the producer actually built stories and showed the interaction.  Now, it's tazer everything.
 
2013-02-16 07:22:58 PM

Mr. Shabooboo:  Cops used to be much more interesting when they followed a cop or cops in a single town for episodes.
Now they skip around too much, blur too much, cut too much. Also, comparing older episodes to
the newer ones, you can really see the transition from cops being cops with an occasional a- hole to
almost all of the cops being militant a-holes. The more recent episodes show that now the police will tackle, tase, beat and cuff anyone for even the most petty thing.


The Reginald Denny event seem tame by comparison.
 
2013-02-16 07:35:44 PM

ReapTheChaos: I've never understood why they blur out brand names and logos on that, or any other show.  It just looks petty and stupid.


If you watch any of the DIY shows they blur the artwork on the walls!?
 
2013-02-16 08:22:21 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: ReapTheChaos: I've never understood why they blur out brand names and logos on that, or any other show.  It just looks petty and stupid.

Free advertising, how the fark does it work?


I attended a film production and marketing class run by a couple of lawyers last week. Basically trademarks  like brand names and logos are only OK to keep visible if the trademark is being used for its indented purpose (following an athlete wearing Nike work-out clothes) or portrayed in a positive light (happy woman with a designer bag).

So obviously in a show like COPS with so much negativity, I'm assuming lots of brands would NOT want to associate themselves with the show and would want their logos blurred out.

Also it could be a licensing thing too. When the Science Channel started showing episodes of Mythbusters they blurred out a lot of the logos and brand/company names that were clearly visible when the show aired on the Discovery Channel.
 
2013-02-16 09:05:53 PM
Help the guy out. Buy pre-pixelated t-shirts.
 
2013-02-16 09:57:57 PM

ReapTheChaos: I've never understood why they blur out brand names and logos on that, or any other show.  It just looks petty and stupid.


Because the companies in question would likely have their lawyers write a letter demanding their logo obscured anyway, claiming the show does damage to their brand. It could even lead to a lawsuit. Safer to blur everything.

/not a problem for less morally objectionable programming
//or the news
 
2013-02-16 09:58:44 PM

flaminio: Help the guy out. Buy pre-pixelated t-shirts.


Thanks for that! Had no idea those existed. That link/webpage isn't working for me, but I can see them on other sites. Totally going to get a shirt like that!
 
2013-02-16 10:32:36 PM
I saw a hobo beating a man while wearing Nikes. Should Nike sue someone?
 
2013-02-17 01:26:40 AM
Speaking as someone who has held numerous weird and strange jobs in their life, I really wish I had this guy's job. I've made kiosks for a chain of funeral homes so you can look up people they've buried like the gift registry at Target. I've run the website and handled distribution for a very very small company that did nothing but make tiny "feminine napkins" for those lighter days. I've put recording systems in court rooms. I've been a meteorite dealer (the Smithsonian was even one of my customers). Don't even ask about some of the stuff I've had to do since starting nursing school. I think being the guy who pixilated stuff on Cops would be an awesome job.
 
2013-02-17 05:32:13 AM
Early seasons of Survivor were tits and ass-crack and manflute flung around with wild akimbo.

Now you're lucky to see a saucy unblurred ankle.
 
2013-02-17 09:07:21 PM
This would be a dream job! Talk about JOB SECURITY!
 
2013-02-17 09:20:33 PM

ng2810: B.L.Z. Bub: ReapTheChaos: I've never understood why they blur out brand names and logos on that, or any other show.  It just looks petty and stupid.

Free advertising, how the fark does it work?

I attended a film production and marketing class run by a couple of lawyers last week. Basically trademarks  like brand names and logos are only OK to keep visible if the trademark is being used for its indented purpose (following an athlete wearing Nike work-out clothes) or portrayed in a positive light (happy woman with a designer bag).

So obviously in a show like COPS with so much negativity, I'm assuming lots of brands would NOT want to associate themselves with the show and would want their logos blurred out.

Also it could be a licensing thing too. When the Science Channel started showing episodes of Mythbusters they blurred out a lot of the logos and brand/company names that were clearly visible when the show aired on the Discovery Channel.


But often it really doesn't make any sense at all. On an episode of Speeders they stopped a Ferrari. They talked about it being a Ferrari but they blurred out all the logos except one (I assume they missed it). I think on the same episode I noticed they didn't bother blurring out the large Toyota lettering on the back of a pickup.

So was Toyota okay with their logo being seen and Ferrari was not? Imagine, a Ferrari stopped for speeding.

I saw another stupid video on ABC last week and there were about 4 pictures on a wall behind the guy. 3 of them were blurred out - A Clint Eastwood movie poster from the '70s wasn't. So I looked up the video online to find out what was blurred out. One was a Godfather poster and one I could't even make out because there was glare from a light obscuring it.

Okay, so maybe The Godfather didn't grant a license but a poster you couldn't even discern?

I used to work for a retail chain in the '90s. The local Fox station did a cops-like segment on the news back then and one of the people arrested was wearing a hat with their logo. The execs in the office thought it was amusing even though they didn't like the association with a criminal.

IMO news or documentary shows should be exempt from this ass-hattery of licensing. It's how it farking happened.
 
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