ITV escapes legal action over video game IRA footage

October 3rd, 2011 - 8:40 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Belfast, Oct 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Czech game maker Bohemia Interactive has decided not to go to court after the Irish network ITV inadvertently showed footage of one of its games called Arma 2. The footage was mistakenly shown when the network actually meant to show a footage of the IRA shooting down a British helicopter.

That particular footage was shot in 1988 and the broadcaster has it in its archives. However during the showing of the documentary “Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA,” ITV decided to use a footage of the incident from YouTube claiming that it offered a “cleaner” shot.

The wrong footage was shown and after the incident ITV realized the implication of the action and apologized to Bohemia. The chief executive of Bohemia revealed during an interview that they will let the issue pass without incident.

CEO Marek Spanel told Broadcast that, “I’m concerned about how this came about - it seems a bit crazy. Some people, including myself, thought the procedures would be a bit more solid for this kind of high profile media. In my company it wouldn’t be possible for someone to download something from YouTube and then use it.”

Bohemia decided to look at the whole incident from the positive side. Spanel explained that since the incident happened, the controversy has helped increase the popularity of his company.

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