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Gary Susman

Weinstein Company Loses Appeal Over R-Rated 'Bully' | Gary Susman | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment

Who's the bully in this case -- movie mogul Harvey Weinstein or the MPAA ratings board? As expected, the MPAA turned down Weinstein's appeal over t...

What Do Directors Think When People Make a Torrent for Their Movie?

Quora | Posted 02.22.2012 | Entertainment

The Motion Picture Association of America has never written me a paycheck for anything. They're not backing my picture. These are not nice guys. They are not in this business to help filmmakers at all.

Europe's ACTA Freak Out: How Hollywood Holds Back the Trade Agenda

Harold Feld | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business
Harold Feld

Whenever there is an international trade agreement negotiation, Hollywood jumps in, takes over, and starts driving the crazy train off a cliff by demanding all kinds of nonsense in the name of "stopping piracy."

The MPAA Dinosaur and the SOPA Debacle

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Entertainment
Hoyt Hilsman

Instead of trying to shut down popular websites and punish their opponents -- and their own customers -- Hollywood should take an entirely different approach to the digital revolution.

Chelsea Handler Sex Jokes Cut From Film

Posted 01.27.2012 | Entertainment

Fox has agreed to edit out a few sex jokes from the upcoming action comedy "This Means War," according to The Hollywood Reporter, thereby earning the ...

'This Means War' R-Rating Upheld

Posted 03.28.2012 | Entertainment

Last weekend during the NFC Championship game on Fox, you couldn't go one commercial break without seeing a spot for the upcoming Twentieth Century Fo...

Thanks, Take Aways From Internet Revolution Over SOPA, PIPA

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Edward J. Black

The hundreds of thousand of calls to Congress and millions of petition signatures opposing two controversial bills, SOPA and PIPA, have been character...

Piracy Shmiracy: We Need New 21st Century Business Models

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.26.2012 | Media
John Tarnoff

The MPAA and NATO are panicking because they don't know how to replace revenues lost not to piracy, but to newer commercial content platforms like Netflix or YouTube. This is a better explanation for the brinksmanship over the now-tabled SOPA/PIPA legislation.

Crowdsourcing the Congress: Wikipedia's Blackout Bomb

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 03.23.2012 | Technology
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

It's time for Congressional leaders to use the learning experience of the SOPA/PIPA debate to throw off their generational blinders and find a way to concede power gracefully to a new generation with new ideas.

MegaUpload: le dossier accablant de la justice US | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home

L'acte d'accusation à l'encontre de MegaUpload met à jour le système mis en place par son richissime fondateur pour encourager financièrement le p...

Gerry Smith

Notorious Hackers Apparently Retaliate For Megaupload Takedown | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.20.2012 | Technology

The hacktivist group Anonymous launched its "largest attack ever" Thursday, claiming credit for a coordinated takedown of websites managed by the Depa...

SOPA/PIPA Aftermath: Where We Go Next

Raven Brooks | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Raven Brooks

It seems that SOPA and PIPA are dead in their current forms, but like zombies they'll be back under different names. I think there are a couple of lessons worth taking away from Wednesday's protest.

SOPA and PIPA Bills Threaten Job Creation and Innovation

Brett Greene | Posted 03.14.2012 | Denver
Brett Greene

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate are well meaning, but if passed, will be destructive to internet freedoms we've all come to expect.

The Stop Online Piracy Act: Yet Another Stealth Maneuver to Control the Internet

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.10.2012 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons ...

Let's Play Fair on SOPA and Copyright

Chris Castle | Posted 02.09.2012 | Technology
Chris Castle

Investors may be losing confidence in whether Google can support the legality of its revenues -- and for good reason. Where there's smoke, there's fire and it smells like a fire in the house of Google.

Zach Carter

Lawmakers Fight Internet Censorship | Zach Carter | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers proposed a new framework for an anti-piracy bill late Thursday night, hoping to derail leading legislati...

Movie review: Shame

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that the dim-witted and near-sighted MPAA has slapped an NC-17 rating on Steve McQueen's Shame implies that there is something prurient about...

Zach Carter

ERROR 404: Congress Wants To Break The Internet | Zach Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans joined together to voice support for legislation that would ...

Joshua Hersh

Palestinian UNESCO Bid Sets Up Clash Between Hollywood And Israel Lobbies | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Pro-Israel interests on Capitol Hill may be about to run afoul of the nearly equally powerful lobbyists of Hollywood and Silicon Valley,...

07/16/99 - When Studios Blew the Best Chance to Legitimize the NC-17

Scott Mendelson | Posted 12.28.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The NC-17 will continue to be a 'scarlet letter' until a major studio is willing to risk releasing a major genre film with that adults-only rating and basically dare chains like AMC, Regal, and Cinemark not to carry it.

The Best F*cks In Film History!

Posted 11.28.2011 | Entertainment

With box office opportunities of the utmost importants, producers often work to minimize the foul language in films. The general rule, according to th...

Is It Time for a National Film Commission?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.12.2011 | Entertainment
Hoyt Hilsman

A national film commission could have a positive impact on the creative potential of the American film community by connecting it more directly to other national film commissions and thereby to the global marketplace.

The Simple Economics of Piracy (Or, Would You Pay $136 for Tron Legacy?)

Joe Karaganis | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Joe Karaganis

Digital media technologies have become much much cheaper without any corresponding increase in access to affordable media goods. So why doesn't Sony or Disney lower prices in the developing world and expand its markets?

Wyden Again Halts the Internet Censorship Bill

Aaron Swartz | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Aaron Swartz

Senator Wyden continues to be the Senate's truest champion of an open Internet. On Thursday he placed a hold on PIPA (formerly COICA) a new bill that...

Review of This Film Is Not Yet Rated -- NC-17

Melani Ward | Posted 09.22.2011 | Entertainment
Melani Ward

This documentary is a sneaky peak (seriously, there's spying and binoculars and trash diving) into the MPAA rating system, with the most attention focused on the dreaded NC-17 rating.