by Mike Masnick
Tue, Apr 28th 2009 10:30pm
Pretty much any industry is going to use any opportunity to ask for more help from the government, so it should come as little surprise that film and TV execs in the UK are claiming that they need more help from the government in fighting piracy or they will "fade into insignificance in five years." Of course, if you look back at the history of the entertainment industry, they've basically been claiming this as far back as you can look and there's zero evidence to support this. Yes, it may be true that if they do not adjust their own business models, these laggard companies may disappear, but it hardly means the end of video entertainment production. Others will step into the void, embracing newer and better business models. But, of course, you won't hear that. Instead, the government will rush in to help and protect, and the end result will be that it actually harms the newer more innovative and efficient producers of content in favor of the inefficient legacy companies. It harms overall society, but politicians never seem to take that into account.
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