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  • Recently, I got a little grumpy over at Product Hunt, due to an undercurrent of snark around the fact that Netflix still has a DVD service.
  • It has been an “interesting” year for copyright down under in Australia; “interesting” in the sense of challenging and troublesome, but also with some glimmers of light and hope. It was the year in which the Productivity Commission brought out its destructive anti-copyright report, advocating a regime that if implemented as recommended by the Commission would undermine the foundations of creativity in Australia, but was also the year that saw the first successful application of Australia’s new site-blocking law.
  • In December 2015, in a slightly harried, last-minute fashion, I submitted a film to Tropfest New Zealand. I got a couple of hours sleep, woke up and caught a plane to another city for a conference for my day job. I almost didn’t bother submitting the film. For me, it
  • Rajkumar Akella was presented with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific Copyright Educator (A.C.E.) Award today at CineAsia in recognition of his significant contribution to improving the ability for filmmakers and distributors in India to best protect their creative work in the digital ecosystem.
  • There is a lot of anxiety about jobs these days and with good reason. The subject of trade has a lot of people on edge, and we’re only just beginning to talk seriously about the very real prospect of automation killing middle-class jobs in places other than the obvious repetitive factory work.
  • 2016 marks the tenth year that the Motion Picture Association has partnered with CineAsia, the only international convention dedicated to Asian cinema exhibition and distribution, to present its annual Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator (ACE) Award honoring individuals throughout the region whose tireless work has served to raise awareness in their markets about the value of screen content, and the need to provide a strong copyright framework for filmmakers.
  • For all intents and purposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead—or at the very least it will be in a state of suspended animation for a considerable period to come— given that President-elect Trump has announced that he will initiate the process to have the US withdraw from the Agreement on Day 1 of his Presidency.
  • Brisbane, Australia: Winners in the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film, were announced tonight at a glittering ceremony in Brisbane. Hosted by Australian actor David Wenham and presenter Anjali Rao, the 2016 Awards marked the 10th year of APSA recognising and promoting cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film region: comprising 70 countries and areas, 4.5 billion people, one third of the earth and responsible for half of the world’s film output.
  • Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Legendary Pictures’ Pacific Rim 2 has been attracted to Queensland continuing the state’s track record for attracting international blockbusters.
  • Producer-director-writer Anubhav Sinha has spent the last two weeks on an anti-piracy crusade rather than promoting his musical romance Tum Bin 2, which opens today on 1,200 screens in India and in Bollywood-friendly markets.

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