Independent Film Producers Sue MPAA Over Screener Ban

from the trickle-down dept

The latest in the increasingly long saga about Jack Valenti’s decision to ban DVD screeners for awards show (which was later slightly modified), is that a group of companies that produce independent films are now suing the MPAA over the ban. The argument they make is that in banning the screeners, it will be harder for independent films to win awards. As such, it will be even more difficult for independent films to raise money to make films… thus impacting their business. Take all that, and the group claims that the MPAA is trying to monopolize the film industry and block out the independent film makers. The lawsuit also points out that the ban is unfair in that it treats all movies the same – even though it’s the big popular films that are at a higher risk of being uploaded to the internet. However, the independent film companies have been told they won’t get distribution if they defy the screener ban.

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