p2pnet news view Politics | MPAA:- Hollywood mouthperson Dan ‘The Joker’ Glickman has, to all intents and purposes, been removed from the equation when it comes to the way things the major studios would like them to be, as opposed to the way they are.
That’s to say P2P and online sharing are here to stay.
The Big $ record labels have been doing most of the running with the Three Strikes bidniz plan. Under it, taxpayers in various countries such as Britain, the US, France, New Zealand, Australia and South Korea, would foot the bill for a new kind of online police force administered by local governments, and with local ISPs as the bad guys.
UK spy and police agencies definitely aren’t keen on the idea, however, and that may be enough to scupper it in Britain. And it’s reasonable to assume similar organisations in other countries will share the views of their British counterparts.
Meanwhile, we haven’t heard much from Disney, News Corp, Time Warner, Viacom, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures), which isn’t surprising.
Traditionally, the studios let Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music make all the mistakes and piss everyone off, stepping in at the last minute with their own watered-down version of whatever it is.
And it looks as though that time may be arriving with respect to the Three Strikes farce.
With Glickman on his way out, ex-Screen Actors Guild (SAG) boss Bob Pisano, hired in 2005 “to take charge of the anti-p2p effort as president and operations boss of the MPAA”, is in England to suggest traffic throttling rather than outright disconnection would be the way to go.
“The UK government is twisting and turning in its efforts to please the entertainment industry by finding a way to impose the same Three Strikes anti-P2P plan that`s giving Hollywood and Big music lobbyist Nicolas Sarkozy so much trouble in France,” said p2pnet earlier today, going on:
“The plan would have governments such as Sarkozy`s performing as taxpayer-supported Hollywood and Big Music agencies, and ISPs functioning as online copyright police.”
Now, “The film industry, which puts its losses at more than £500 million a year, believes that slowing connections would be enough of a deterrent because of the time it would take to download large film files,” says Times Online.
Pisano, “flew to London last week to meet Lord Puttnam, the film-maker, who is expected to be a key voice in building support for the plans,” the story adds.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
removed from the equation – Will RIAA boss replace Glickman at the MPAA?, October 20, 2009
definitely aren’t keen - UK cops, spy agencies, say No to 3 strikes plan, October 20, 2009
anti-p2p effort – Glickman ousted in anti-p2p role, September 23, 2005
p2pnet – UK cops, spy agencies, say No to 3 strikes plan, October 26, 2009
Times Online MI5 comes out against cutting off internet pirates, October 26, 2009
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