from the but-the-internet?-bah… dept
One of the key points in the SOPA/PIPA debate involved Hollywood — and the MPAA’s Chris Dodd and Michael O’Leary in particular — dismissing the worries of folks in the tech industry about the rather fundamental changes that these laws would make to both the technological and legal frameworks of the internet. Anytime such a thing was brought up, it was dismissed out of hand. This was most noticeable during the original SOPA hearings in November, where a number of experts were pointing out their concerns with how SOPA would undermine basic internet security principles… and O’Leary dismissed them with a simple statement about how he just didn’t believe those concerns to be true.
What shocked many folks in the tech community was just how easily the MPAA sought to dismiss some pretty massive fundamental changes to both the internet and the legal framework around the internet. However, apparently if you dare touch the “fundamental” parts of Hollywood’s business, the same MPAA throws a hissy fit. The EU recently had a public consultation on a variety of copyright-related topics, some of which were more interesting than others. One of the topics was on the question of movie release windows, and whether or not they made sense any more. As we’ve noted there have been many, many studies that suggest that these release windows are actually a big part of the problem for Hollywood, and they’re leaving a ton of money on the table by not making movies available in as many convenient ways as possible.
In fact, many of the (non-Hollywood) respondents to the consultation made this point. There’s BEUC (a consumers’ group) that sees (pdf) “both platform and territorial release windows as outdated.” GSMA called for (pdf) support for “flexible and shorter release windows.” And EuroISPA was the most stringent (pdf), pointing out that: Read more.
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