NASA Made a Commercial Crew Video That It Is Afraid to Endorse (Update)

Keith's 25 Feb note: Looks like NASA has adopted the adventure movie promo production approach - loud music that tells you to pay attention, quick edits, all for the new video Commercial Crew Program video "Taking America To New Heights". This video only appears on the official NASA KSC YouTube channel. No mention is made anywhere else at NASA. Who is the intended audience for this? The public? Congress? Media? What did they spend on it? If they are going to spend time and money on this sort of stuff at HEOMD then, at a minimum, they should promote it to get their money's worth.

This video makes heavy use of animations produced by a variety of commercial space contractors, with NASA's logo on it with this curious caveat added to the video page: "If a recognizable person appears in this video, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. It may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA employees of a commercial product, process or service, or used in any other manner that might mislead. Accordingly, it is requested that if this video is used in advertising and other commercial promotion, layout and copy be submitted to NASA prior to release."

This is just goofy. First NASA makes a video that goes out of its way to hammer home an overt endorsement of commercial space into your eyeballs and eardrums - and then they post a disclaimer that says that "It may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA employees of a commercial product, process or service, or used in any other manner that might mislead." Moreover, NASA won't let the people/companies who actually created the source videos and imagery of their own products that were edited (with taxpayer dollars) to make this video - unless NASA says that they can. Am I missing something?

Keith's 29 Feb update: The video was originally posted on the official NASA KSC YouTube page here. That video has now been deleted. But it is still online on a non-NASA YouTube page here. NASA also posted it here on NASA.gov. So why did KSC delete it (with its odd disclaimer) while NASA.gov added it online elsewhere? Oh yes, oddly, there is no mention whatsoever of this video at the official NASA Commercial Crew webpage.

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