By now, it should be abundantly clear that the entertainment industry's complaints about copyright laws or new technologies have absolutely nothing to do with protecting the creative talent. The industry still trots out that line, but it's been laughable for quite some time. However, the next time you hear it from, say, the movie industry, you might want to point them to the following story. It seems that Canadian actors and producers had worked out a new union deal that would give them residual rights to content used online. Everything was all set... until the US movie studios came in and nixed the deal, fearing that it would lead artists in other countries (such as the US) to demand similar rights. This is a case where both sides at the negotiating table had agreed to what they felt was a fair deal concerning new media opportunities -- and suddenly the US studio bosses step in to nix the done deal. So, the next time someone says that the MPAA represents the interests of all of those who work in the industry, ask them why they're working so hard to block these kinds of deals.
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