Writers' Guild Claims Studios Ignoring Earlier Settlement As Actors Get Ready To Strike
from the this-won't-end-well dept
While I have no doubt that the movie studios are being sleazy and underhanded in how it deals with both writers and actors concerning various contracts, it still seemed like both movie and TV writers were making a big mistake in demanding residuals for internet usage. All that does is make it more difficult to get that content online. And, of course, it meant that actors were going to fight for the same thing.
Now, just as the studios and actors had their negotiations breakdown, the Writers’ Guild is claiming that producers are not living up to their end of the deal struck earlier this year. The writers claim that they’re not getting the promised residuals, and the producers seem to be disputing which content is covered by the agreement. The writers say that all modern content from the past few decades is covered, while producers say the agreement only covers content made after February 13th of this year — the date of the settlement.
To be honest, the whole dispute is rather silly. Any such system of royalties is going to break down. It may have worked in the past, but it’s based on that same old concept of artificial scarcity that makes it more difficult to adapt to the modern economic reality of digital content. By insisting that the studios have to pay residuals on content reused on the internet (effectively getting writers and actors paid multiple times for the same work), it just solidifies the barriers for the folks who employ those writers and actors to adapt to the modern economic and technological reality. The writers and actors are just harming themselves by making it harder for studios to move into the internet era, adding tremendous additional costs beyond what was already paid for.