Hmmm CBS goes after Star Trek fan film that fans feel is more "Star Trek" than the official thing now. Disney goes after Star Wars fan film that fans feel is more "Star Wars" than recent official offerings. I can't determine if it's just flat out greed (most likely scenario), or if they are literally getting their feelings hurt. I mean I think they should just hire fans to make things, but what would I know...

It's all risk management and control. That said, conglomerates that know what's good for them innovate by acquisition (because innovation internally is impossible due to risk management and control), so they're certainly missing out by not simply acquiring the competition.
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@clacke I just can't fathom how to companies that are experiencing really pronounced tensions with fans are kinda going out of the way to be a dick to them. Both could have easily, either by doing nothing or by embracing them, used these fan films to garner support with the fans. Instead they nuke them from orbit. I guess the customer is always wrong...

Diffusion of responsibility, personal utility functions separate from organizational utility functions.

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