from Guy Debord

To Madame Nathalie Bloch-Laine
Canal Plus
27 November 1994

I communicate to you the entirety of the texts concerning the contract for my film, The Society of the Spectacle, completed in 1973, a copy of which I will also provide you.

To the belated question -- am I the owner of the televisual rights? -- [I say] it seems to me that my televisual property rights for The Society of the Spectacle, even more than the normal extension of cinematic rights, must by this reasoning appear ab absurdo. If I am not the owner, then it is permitted to wonder who else might be. Indeed, I am also the author of the film, the historical reasoning that carries the same title and, to top it all off, the book published in 1967. Such a super-abundance of rights is currently unknown. And, in the same way, it is certainly not by accident that Canal Plus did not address itself to anyone other than me with the intention of broadcasting this film.

Guy Debord

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 7: Janvier 1988-Novembre 1994 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2008. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! June 2009.)

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