I've just had an email and a call from Simon Drake. He's slightly concerned about the above comment..
Simon Drake DOES have a licence to master and sell the DVD's with HIS material on it.. I know this as I have a copy of the license agreement in front of me..
The holders of the copyright ITN granted a standard 15 year licence to Simon Drake to produce the DVD.
The licence is between Independent Television News LTD (as ITN Source), 200 grays Inn Road, London and House of Magic LTD
The licence covers:
Working Title and description: Simon Drake Compilation DVD comprising various magic tricks from Simon Drake filmed at the House of Magic and including performances from The Secret Cabaret with Simon Drake - series one & two (12 x 24) which were produced by the production company Open Media (the Series).
Length: 90 approx.
Anticipated delivery or release/transmission date: Autumn 2007
Material: Prior to the date hereof Jeremy Kimberlin of Channel Four Television Corporation supplied Customer with various materials taken from the Series.
Following final editing the Customer will complete the Royalty Declaration in accordance with Clause 3.2 of Schedule 2 detailing the exact minutage from the Series which is actually utilized in the Production.
Without going into too many details, the reason why the licence is coming to an end, is that one party wants it renegotiated. The House of Magic LTD is unhappy with this proposed agreement as has agreed not to master or sell any new copies of the DVD..
Simon Drake is very concerned about the comments above, and as a professional feels that it not correct to make fact of something without all the information.
The DVD's will never be remastered...
the DVD's ARE available at the official site.. as listed in the other thread.
Limited licenses are provided by media companies for their material based on a 30 day, 6 month, 1 year, 3, 5, 15 or perpetual licence.. possibly you dont have 'limited licences' in the USA, but they are standard here in the UK from news and media firms (of which anyone in the UK will let you know that ITN is one of the largest here in the UK)
I feel saddened that the Genii Forum has commented in the way above..
Simon would dearly like to discuss this with Richard as soon as possible to set the record straight, as this is potentially a very damaging comment to Simon Drakes Professional and ethical position in Magic.