Was it authorized? It doesn’t appear to be, according to this comment from Burner Dante at the Burning Man facebook group:
“BM Media Team has already gotten a half dozen tips on this one, The video is also on YouTube, and they used playa art on their Facebook Ad. The Intellectual Property team is notified and on the case. The best punishment is for the video to get as few views as possible before it comes down, so I wouldn’t mention on local lists unless someone asks. But if someone does ask, yes Burning Man knows and preparing for action.”
Ceasefire’s manager Gabriel Lee had this to say:
I only manage the band, so wasn’t really involved too much in the production side of making the video. Our Production Company took the necessary steps to make sure all the core members who were part of the music video signed a consent letter to be shown in the video. If you are uncomfortable with being in the video, please let us know at what time you’re visible and we’ll work on editing you out. We’ll also be redesigning the promo pics so that we’re not using any of the BM artist’s artwork for promotion. We worked with many members of the BMorg to make sure everyone was okay with the making of this video. We used the video to promote the band, content, and the beauty of Burning Man. The song is available on line for free download. We want to showcase Burning Man, not make profits off of it.
So it appears that many members of BMOrg did know about this and were okay with it.
Is “cease fire” an ironic clue that Burning Man 1.0 is officially dead now – assimilated into the global capitalist consumer culture? Movie soundtracks, glamor shoots, champagne sponsors, Taco Bell ads, Bank of (un)America logos, $150 merchandise items, corporate raiders handing out french toast, politicians making guest appearances, P.Diddy…all are welcome in the caravansery, as long as they come bearing gifts.
Coming soon…Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, live from the Temple.