Six of One - piracy to make a profit.
Between 2001 and 2023 there have been several examples of Six of One and its coordinators selling bootleg items, or making profit from items to which they have no permission or copyright to use. Below are just a few examples;
In 2012-2023 Roger Langley for Six of One's ebay page produced a number of self-published paperback books (with it must be stated are incredibly poorly written content). All of these books contain images, both on the covers and interiors, for which copyright permission has not been given and the required copyright clearance fees have not been paid. As the books have not been officially produced, with not even an ISBN on them, perhaps Langley and Six of One are hoping that no-one would care or notice?
It is not just limited to books, prints which use ITV-copyrighted images, for which a license has not been paid by Six of One, are available for purchase from the society's own official website, despite the society not being permitted to sell items outside of their own membership;
This is not the first time such a thing has happened.
In early 2004, Six of One announced details of a new DVD, available to current members only, at a price of £12. The DVD was a compilation of footage from the 25th and 30th Anniversary events held by the Society during the 1990s. It is worth remembering that these events received little mention from Roger Langley in his Society history articles as he had very little to do with them. He now seems to have leapt upon a chance to profit from the events' success.
However, it has come to light that Six of One have not asked the permission of the celebrity guests who appeared at the event (and, as such, on the DVD) or permission from the person who filmed the event and owns the footage. Dave Jones (who organised, hosted and filmed the 25th Anniversary event) confirmed this on the alt.tv.prisoner newsgroup:
"I filmed the 25th anniversary event guest panels and one offs like Roy Beck & Graham Nearn, as a record of the event. This footage was never intended to be sold commercially, so no guests were asked to sign any waiver. As I taped the interviews, the footage may be considered to be "my" property, yet Langley has not sought permission from me to release it..........Steve Ricks wanted to tape the 30th anniversary using a crew with professional quality equipment, but Langley vetoed this and instead hired a bloke from Ipswich who set up his domestic video camera half way up the hall! For many years, the resulting quality of the footage was deemed by Langley to be of too poor quality to release (despite several requests from members). It speaks volumes that this sub-standard footage is now being sold, presumably to raise cash for the ailing, disgraced society."
"As to permission, I don't believe that the guests have been approached to authorise the release, and I equally believe that they will receive no royalties. Indeed I have spoken to one of the guests who has confirmed that he has not been contacted."
Dave Jones, alt.tv.prisoner, 03/02/2004
It has also become clear that the quality of the DVD will also be poor (although it must be added that even if it was of good quality, this does not excuse the legal problems of its release).
"Purchasers of this "DVD" will also be buying
a product sourced (with respect to the 25th anniversary event) from a tape a
few generations down from the masters. I have the masters on Video 8 format.
These were copied onto a "master" VHS tape for viewing purposes, and
this tape was copied again for use as a "duplication master". Langley's
best copy is made from the duplication master and is therefore one generation
further down again."
Dave Jones, alt.tv.prisoner 26/1/2004
Indeed, Dave Jones has now seen the DVD and confirms that his suspicions were justified:
"The quality is awful, as evidenced by no less than SEVEN
apologies or explanations for the poor transfer contained within
it's sleeve notes!! These are accompanied by a mind-bending list of reasons why it may not play in your machine on the rear sleeve!!"
"The questions are all absent, (apart from Dave Barrie's
interview excerpts with Kanner in the Hercules Hall), which leads to a disjointed
presentation with lots of information missing. Must have been a hell of a tricky
editing job removing me from history on this occasion!........Hilariously, Dave's
presence, (and consequently my absence) is attributed to Barrie being in shot
for most of the interview, while I was not in the field of view!!"
Dave Jones, alt.tv.prisoner 26/3/2004
Even in their advertising of this bootleg DVD within their magazines and flyers, they choose to even omit Jones from the DVD cover, placing an "exclusive" sticker over the front of his face!
Although in their Society "Mission Statement" Six of One claim to be "non-profit making", it is worth noting that the cost of this DVD is £12. As the costs of producing this bootleg DVD are far below this figure, it is unclear where this money is going. As the Society refuse to divulge their finances, no-one can be sure.
What makes this a little more galling is that the following statement could be found on coordinator Larry Hall's website:
"Ebay is also the best place to find other rare PRISONER memorabilia - sooner or later, whatever you're looking for turns up. HOWEVER, BE AWARE THAT NOT ALL ITEMS ARE NECESSARILY LEGAL. It's OK to sell single items from private and paid-for personal collections, quite another to have copyrighted photos reproduced without a licence and offered for sale. Don't line the pockets of the pirates."
Some hypocrisy there?
It was not the first or the last time that Roger Langley would ride roughshod over the copyright of others, as the books at the top of this page testify. Even in his widely criticised biography of Patrick McGoohan he used photos without permission and Langley had to make an out-of-court settlement with the owner of the photographs.
As of 2023 these bootleg and copyright-thefted items are still being sold.
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This page updated Feb 2023