No business like show business
I'm downtown at the National Portrait Gallery for the Motion Picture Association of America's "Business of Show Business" conference. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a 9:30 a.m. panel discussion by holding up a DVD of "The Good Shepherd" that her staff had downloaded and burned it off the Internet.
How did it get online? Feinstein said it had shown up on a file-sharing site three days after Oscar screener copies went out to the movie-industry types who vote on the Academy Awards.
In other words, this DVD is an example of the industry stealing from itself!
But the senator--a former mayor of San Francisco who seems to have forgotten Northern California's tech economy in her lobbying for Hollywood--ignored that angle and instead stuck to her advocacy of more laws requiring copy-control technology in consumer hardware.
(To be fair, Feinstein closed by scolding the movie industry for continuing to glorify sex and violence in its releases.)
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