If you’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, then you understand why Stanley Kubrick was worried that IBM — who consulted on the project — wouldn’t be pleased by the film’s storyline. In fact, the famed director was so nervous about the whole HAL thing that he wrote to the vice president of his production company to ensure that everything was above board. The response?
IBM’s position is that if IBM is not associated with the equipment failure by name they have no objection if it is decided to give screen credit to the advising companies (and I hope you do decide to do this) they will not object to getting screen credit as long as their name is buried in a list with others and they are not specifically listed as being technical advisor for the computer.
Read the original note from Kubrick, as well as Roger Caras’ full reply, over on Letters of Note.