ONVIF Defends Unauthorized Austin Powers Promotion

By John Honovich, Published Apr 29, 2015, 12:00am EDT

ONVIF won "Worst ISC West 2015" showing for their Austin Powers and Dr. Evil exhibition.

But ONVIF is defending the legitimacy of their performance.

The *******

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Comments (10)

So weird, I didn't get this move by ONVIF at all. Although I am a huge Austin Powers fan. They did more damage to their brand credibility if anything with this. Just doesn't make sense.

The thing is, as pointed out previously, either they 'broke the law' or 'broke the bank'. Regardless, they were promoting a product: ONVIF Member$hip.

At the time, I was thinking they might try to claim 'fair use' by parody. But, commercial promotion is not usually allowed in such cases. (Unless you are selling the parody itself, like Weird Al)

In any event, there are few characters harder to parody than Austin Powers. I mean how could you even tell? Paul Blart might be tougher...

Related, Weird Al does get permission from the artists he parodies. And apparently the original artist gets royalties (i.e. money) as well. Weird Al does not do songs when artists refuse.

It's just a plain odd decision all-round go down that road ...I don't see how it's relevant in any way, shape or form

I'm sure Mike Myers would agree to drop all potential lawsuits if they agreed to really change the names to Profile Sexy, Profile Groovy, and Profile Cheeky monkey

I could swear I heard someone yelling "yeah baby, yeah" from my booth at ISC. Sounded strangely like they said IPVM at the end.

OMG this is IPVM reality TV! Where's the panel to comment on this?

Avigilon with their own legit*, if propreitary implementation of ONVIF's British Spy Extraordinaire: 

Roger Moore explains HDSM anyone?

*Licensed to protect

When Avigilon's analytics identifies a person it plays a .wav file saying "i've got the beast in my sights" (in a sean connery voice via trainspotting of course)

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