Want to Watch the Britney Spears Documentary Online? Not So Fast

You know it’s the attention that keeps building Britney Spears up and tearing her back down, but you just can’t turn away. Now the pop star is trying to climb back up the charts, so she’s inviting you back in once again. Spears produced a documentary about herself (an auto-documentary?) on the Britney-friendly cable network MTV (which is rather pretentiously calling it a “film”). The TV airing starts at 10 p.m. tonight. As for posting the full thing online? Nope, not for now. MTV just has five different trailers and some behind-the-scenes clips (which are accompanied by interstitial commercials for Spears’ “Fantasy” perfume).

The full show won’t be posted online until Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET, according to the official page on MTV. MTV is usually one of the most liberal networks when it comes to syndicating its content, but it gets protective when it comes to the Britney goldmine. Last year, hanging onto the exclusive distribution of Britney’s train wreck of a performance at the Video Music Awards netted MTV 7 million visitors over the next two days.

Needless to say, the most memorable moments will be popping up on YouTube and gossip blogs in no time — though Viacom’s copyright police will just as surely be playing whack-a-mole trying to bring them down.

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