The Paramount Decree made it illegal for movie production companies to also own theaters because they were giving undue preference to their own films, and other companies couldn't get theirs shown.
When movie theaters were still booming, this was a big deal.
I think we can all agree that's no longer the case. Movie theaters struggle to survive, having had their breakfast repeatedly consumed by disruptive technologies. (remember when television was disruptive to more than dinner?)
I'd actually like to see this change. I think it's high time we allow production companies to own theaters again, even if they plan to exclusively show their own movies. They no longer have anything even close to a monopoly. Instead, they have to produce lowest-common-denominator films in order to assure they get their film shown at all.
I like to think that a production company with it's own theater today could guarantee that their films would get *some* screen time, even if they weren't meant to appeal to your average reality tv viewer.
It would also mean Netflix wouldn't have to be vulnerable to a boycott like the one above.
Hundreds of years from now, this century will be known as a "dark age" due to the enormous wealth of information about it that has been lost. I doubt any but the most diligent of historians will have any clue as to why.
"Here's how Gideon at A Public Defender sums up this incident: It’s one thing for officers to get their way by removing civilians from the scene who object to their searches and seizures, but it takes quite another level of totalitarianism and disregard for the law to arrest and make absent an officer of the court. "
No, they're not so different. In both cases, it's police abusing their power to get what they're after. The subject is irrelevant.
What goes through the heads of shareholders when they listen to the CEO of the company they invested their money in say insane stuff, as if he/she was living in another world where soup is a valid form of hat?