Film, Music Industries Whine To White House About Online Piracy

Several film and music industry groups urged the White House this week to do all it can to stop online pirates from taking a bite of Hollywood's bottom line.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and more submitted a joint argument to the White House's Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement.

The statement found fault mainly with the evolving digital landscape:

"The online environment has been dramatically transformed ... While the dawn of the Internet may have provided us with a glimpse of the possibilities for business, networking, and communication, the problems caused by illicit p2p networks, warez groups, and abuse of social networking sites were largely unforeseeable. In addition, the evolution of subscription-based and ad-supported services such as online lockers, direct streaming sites and linking sites impose new barriers to enforcement."

Bottom line: "Content owners and authorities need tools to address these illegal activities and the services that facilitate them," the groups stated.

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