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Spike Lee's "Levees" on YouTube in 26 clips

Spike Lee's four-hour Katrina doc "When the Levees Broke" has shown up on YouTube in 26 parts. Spke_lee_corner BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin notes:

This documentary was incredible, masterly, historically important work, and I know many who don't subscribe to HBO want to see it. The very moment HBO makes it available on DVD or purchaseable digital video download, I will eagerly be there with credit card in hand. I wish they'd done so already. (via BB)

— posted by Sheigh

Update: I just talked to a spokeswoman for HBO docs who said she doesn't know when a "Levees" DVD will be available, "Maybe later this year or next year." She noted that there are lots of tricky rights and clearance issues with the movie.

The situation reminds me of Downhill Battle's "call to download" the 1987 PBS series "Eyes on the Prize" which has been tied up in clearance hell for years now. We wrote about the Downhill Battle effort in early 2005 in the story Eyes' campaign spurs new civil disobedience.

Update 2: HBO had the "Levees" clips removed from YouTube on Friday (9/15). Try Googlevideo.



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