Joint Statement from AFM, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, IBT and SAG Regarding the PROTECT IP Act (S. 968) and the STOP Online Piracy Act (HR 3261)
Whenever Hollywood gets up on its monied hind legs and sticks its snout into the Net, it’s very satisfying to punch them in the nose with their own history.
Hollywood was founded by and exists solely due to pirates!
Motion Picture Patents Company
All things fall before the law:
The end came with a federal court decision in United States v. Motion Picture Patents Co. on October 1, 1915, which ruled that the MPPC’s acts went “far beyond what was necessary to protect the use of patents or the monopoly which went with them” and was therefore an illegal restraint of trade under the Sherman Antitrust Act. An appellate court dismissed the Patent Company’s appeal, and officially terminated the MPPC in 1918.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Remember the history of Hollywood. It’s more important than remembering the Gunpowder Plot many of you idolize.