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  • When Vietnam-based popular pirate movie streaming site 123Movies, aka GoMovies, suddenly announced last month that they were shutting down—and advised its users to start paying for content– there was both relief and some head-scratching on the part of the content industry.
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    As a long time critic of Silicon Valley business models and the state of internet governance, I have been swamped with communications from friends and colleagues expecting me to be overjoyed with the attention on Facebook which has dominated discussion this week. And I suppose part of me is, but
  • Dear Mr. Cerf,

    You have many admirers for your pioneering work in the launch of the internet, and we count ourselves among them.

    You earned your unofficial sobriquet, the “Father of the Internet,” by envisioning a utopic network on which data and research could be shared freely around the world – helping scientists and academics solve problems with unprecedented swiftness and efficiency.

    But as with many utopians, you did not envision the extent to which the thing you helped to create could also be used to destroy.
  • For years, those of us who study the effects of piracy have focused on two main questions. First, does it hurt creators, by reducing demand for what they produce? Here the answer is clearly yes: the vast majority of peer-reviewed studies have found that piracy hurts demand and overall firm profitability, and that anti-piracy measures can cause some consumers to return to legal channels.


  • Two Piece was written in an afternoon at my favourite cafe. I’d just bought a new laptop for my birthday, replacing my 10-year-old brick of a mac, and had downloaded some fresh screenwriting software. Inspired by a fraught trip I’d recently had searching for a new dress with my mum,
  • Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) The Indian film, television and OTT sectors supported over 2.36 million jobs in 2017 and they are set to flourish in the next few years, according to a new report.
  • India has the largest democracy in the world. A huge and fast growing middle class. It makes more movies than any other country, 1,500 to 2,000 annually. And its people are famously fanatical about those movies and their movie stars. By almost any measure, India should be the world’s highest grossing territory in theatrical revenue.
  • Pirate websites blocked by the Australian government are used 50 per cent less than a year ago after increased efforts from entertainment companies to stop illegal video sharing sites.
  • Copyright is not a private exclusionary property interest that needs to be weighed against the public interest. To be clear, it is indeed an exclusionary property interest (at least in theory) but it does not exist in opposition to the interest of the public. To my mind, it is indisputable, if rarely observed or acknowledged, that the public at large has a significant, indeed fundamental, stake in ensuring conditions that incentivize and nourish original creative expression.
  • For years, producers of creative content—from individual artists to mass-media corporations—have tried to engage with internet companies (mainly Google) in an effort to stop the facilitation of rampant, unlicensed access to their material. Whether the complaint is millions of unlicensed works on YouTube, or search results leading users to pirate sites, copyright owners are all-too familiar with the dual response We can’t and We shouldn’t. This is shorthand for the internet industry’s standard claim that they can’t effectively police their platforms; and even if they could, they shouldn’t because freedom.

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THE MOVIE & TV INDUSTRY IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION

supports

4,102,000 jobs in China

and in Malaysia contributes

USD 1.7 billion

it also generates

2.36 million jobs in India

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USD $5.5 billion

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