Just before Thanksgiving, it appears that President Obama got to spend some time with the heads of the various major film studios
, during which they made two key requests:
- Help them improve their relationship with the tech industry.
- Push forward with the various maximalist copyright proposals found in the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) agreement.
Apparently, these studio bosses don't realize that point number two is a big part of the reason why they're having trouble with point number one. Of course, the reality is they don't want "better relationships" with Silicon Valley, they want Silicon Valley to do exactly what they want, which is to try to kill off or block innovations that challenge their legacy business models, even if they provide better services to artists and the public alike. Furthermore, pushing bogus concepts like the maximalist copyright rules that the US has been seeking in the TPP agreement -- basically as a way to backdoor in much of their legal agenda -- is hardly the way to get Silicon Valley to be more friendly with Hollywood. It's just their way of trying to screw over the very industry that keeps providing them with the innovations that they need to adapt and to provide better services to consumers.