Hollywood vs. High Tech
from the the-ongoing-battle dept
Yet another recurring theme around these parts is explained in this article at Business 2.0 talking about the battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Despite Silicon Valley’s attempts to calm Hollywood’s fears about piracy, the introduction of the CBDTPA bill (basically the “Disney makes the rules” bill) has turned it into an all out battle. Tech companies are saying that if the bill passes it will basically halt technology innovation in the US. The entertainment industry says that if they don’t find a way to enforce anti-piracy tools they won’t exist any more. I still side with the tech industry. History has pretty clearly shown that with new technologies come new opportunities. The entertainment industry is being lazy. They’re not looking for new opportunities but to keep finding more ways to rip off consumers. Business is business – and the entertainment industry has no “right” to keep raking in cash when the rules of the industry change. They need to learn to change along with it, or get ready to go away as more innovative (and intelligent) companies embrace technology for the opportunity it represents.