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Hollywood lobbied for UK government to keep movie ripping illegal

The UK has approved consumers ripping music CDs and movies for their own personal use, but Hollywood movie studios tried to fight it
By: Michael Hatamoto | Software News | Posted: May 7, 2015 8:36 am

Piracy groups in the United States have been resistant to technology, and both music labels and movie studios have shown anger related to ripping technologies. In the UK, however, the government decided to make it legal to rip and copy MP3s and movies for personal use, allowing consumers a bit more freedom.




However, the decision to legalize backups of music and movies was not a popular decision by Hollywood, which Sony Pictures Entertainment and other studios resisted. As revealed following SPE's data breach, Hollywood wanted UK Prime Minister David Cameron to think of Hollywood - especially if a commercially available alternative was available to consumers.


"This is because prior interactions with the UK government over the last few months have left us with no certainty that our concerns will be addressed in the proposal that will be presented to Parliament for an up or down vote in February," said Keith Weaver, EVP of the Global Policy and External Affairs at Sony, in a leaked email.


SPE CEO Michael Lynton did meet with Prime Minister Cameron in June 2014, where anti-piracy issues were discussed.


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