message is being sent out in response to all who e-mailed
Graceland/EPE regarding our not licensing Elvis footage to
the BBC's "Top of the Pops" program for the show's feature
on Elvis's new #1 UK single "Jailhouse Rock."
has had to turn down all footage requests from the BBC since
2002, when an as yet unresolved dispute between the two companies
arose. EPE had licensed footage to the BBC for one of their
programs and then they re-used that material for other programming
despite the fact that the usage agreement specified that re-use
was prohibited without separate, specific permission from
BBC has been mostly unresponsive about the matter, which EPE
has been proactive in trying to resolve. Unfortunately, the
special opportunity with "Top of the Pops" had to be turned
down, as with all BBC footage requests while the infringement
issue remains unsettled.
does appear that the high-profile nature of this most recent
EPE turndown of a BBC footage request has caught the attention
of BBC staff higher up than those EPE has been in communication
with about the infringement matter. We hope resolution of
the issue will come swiftly, hopefully before this week's
edition of "Top of the Pops" when "One Night," Elvis's latest
#1 single in the UK should be featured.
are as disappointed as the Elvis fans are about not having
Elvis properly represented on the "Top of the Pops" program
during the current and exciting wave of success his legacy
is enjoying with BMG's great Elvis UK #1 singles reissue promotion.
The BBC is to blame, yet EPE is getting bashed for it.