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The War Between the States (to Subsidize Hollywood)

In 2009, Governor Rick Perry announced Texas’ expanded state subsidies for film production at Robert Rodriguez’ Austin studio. In 2010, the Texas film board revoked a $1.75 million subsidy for Rodriguez’ Machete — a $10 million revenge film that took … Continue reading

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Comment on European Audiovisual Policy

I’ve turned The European Strategy Trilogy into something a little more refined and submitted it to the European Commission’s public consultation on ‘Assessing State aid for films and other audiovisual works.’  Download it here.  Here’s the most radical suggestion: Modernize … Continue reading

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The European Strategy Trilogy

Now gathered in one place for the first time, The European Strategy Trilogy is finally available in hi-definition HTML. Why is the pan-European cinema, in effect, the American cinema? Why do European leaders act as if piracy is a problem … Continue reading

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The European Strategy: The Curse of Harry Potter (Part 3)

When we last left the European Commission, it was continuing its pursuit of  SMUS (Send Money to the US) based IP policies.  We raised some questions about the wisdom of this strategy.  But there is also a different EC conversation … Continue reading

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Sidenote on Saadi

This is a bit off the usual topic, but a few months ago I mentioned the strange story of Saadi el-Qaddafi, son of Muamar, who had invested $100 million of the family money in Natural Selection, a Hollywood production company … Continue reading

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The European Strategy: Send Money to the US (Part Deux)

Most of the time, the international politics of intellectual property law are pretty easy to follow: countries that are large exporters of intellectual property usually favor stronger international IP agreements that help exploit international markets.  Countries that are large importers … Continue reading

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

That is the burning question I take up today in a new blog at the Huffington Post. We still love you, 99 members of the MPEE Support Group, and your dozens of lurking friends, and the occasional slashdot army that … Continue reading

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Sunset Boulevard Terrorists

We’ve criticized the hyping of organized crime links in the piracy debate, for reasons that have mostly to do with the economics of piracy: we haven’t seen any evidence that there’s much money in it anymore.  Commercial pirates face massive and … Continue reading

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