Hollywood Freaking Out That Europe Might Make It Marginally Easier For People To Legally Access Content
from the gotta-make-it-as-difficult-as-possible dept
But apparently there's one single part of the plan that the entertainment guys don't like: the fact that a big part of the proposal is to knock out geoblocking, to create this "digital single market." To hear Hollywood whine about this, you'd think it was the equivalent of forcibly making all their content available via BitTorrent.
In a letter to the presidents of the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament, they warn that the EU's plans to help make more films and TV shows available online across borders will have "severe negative impacts on our industry and incentives to invest, which would stunt economic growth and innovation for years to come."To which the only proper response should be: "Oh, for fuck's sake, get over yourself."
You have to be one seriously fucked up industry to believe that a plan to bring down barriers and that makes it easier for the public to access your work completely legally will somehow have "severe negative impacts." At the very least, it certainly gives you an idea of what the MPAA thinks of the current suckers who are happily paying them to watch movies.
A Digital Single Market makes a ton of sense. Geoblocking is the bane of many people's existence, especially in Europe where so much content is blocked. You'd think that Hollywood would be happy to decrease barriers and open up greater opportunities to expand markets. But it often feels like "logical" and the "MPAA" are consistently at odds with one another. Opening up more markets creates better experiences and more consumers. But the MPAA is so focused on control that it doesn't realize that it's working against its own interests here.
And, really, given everything else that's in the bill, it seems like the least Hollywood studios could do is not attack the one good thing about this whole plan, the lowering of market barriers.