It was a simple email with a simple request but it unleashed a firestorm of controversy. Believe me all I wanted to do was to promote a pizza show on my website and in my newsletter. After all, I have a highly targeted list of rabid pizza fans.
Let me explain...
I had heard that Chef Bobby Flay of The Food Channel, would be going head to head with a famous pizzaiolo. He called it a "Throwdown with Bobby Flay". He featured Giorgio Giove the reputed pizza king at Brother's Pizzeria in Staten Island. Both chefs would make pizzas. Both would be judged by a non-biased judge.
What a great idea, I thought. I would write a feature article about the "Throw-down " and feature it in an edition of "Pizza News", my on-line ezine. (Subscribe by going to http://pizzatherapy.com).
Here is my email to The Food Channel:
My name is Albert Grande of pizzatherapy.com
I understand Bobby Flay will be doing an upcoming show about pizza, where does a Throwdown with a pizzaiolo.
I would really like to feature information about this episode in an upcoming newsletter (Albert Grande's Pizza News) and at pizzatherapy.com If you you have a press kit or other info you can give me about the episode, I would be happy to promote it at my website pizzatherapy.com and in an upcoming issue of Albert Grande's Pizza News.
pizza on earth,
The Food Channel Replied:
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Thank you for watching the Food Network.
No problem. I would never use any of your material at all. I thought you might like to get some free publicity. I just offered to help promote some of your shows.
There would be no cost to you and I would not use any of your material, logo etc. etc.
I promote pizza. If you are ever interested in letting me help to promote any pizza features, please let me know. The offer is there. Free publicity could increase your customer base. This would not cost you anything.
Perhap you should forward my offer to your promotions department, because you guys in customer service do not understand. Thanks so much for your consideration. pizza on earth, Albert Grande
So there you have it. I simply wanted to feature a story about one of their progams on my website and newsletter.
All of a sudden, I am being accused of copyright infringement.
Here is the fnny thing: several years ago, the Food Channel was doing a story on Pizza Festivals. I was happy to provide them with all of the information they wanted.
I guess The Food Network is just to important to bother with a "little guy".
All I wanted to do was to help promote a TV show about pizza...