The MPAA’s chief lobbyist Michael O’Leary testified today before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, part of the group’s ongoing effort to highlight the impact of the illegal streaming of content on Hollywood. In his prepared remarks, he called on the panel to amend current intellectual property law to give equal penalties for illegal streaming and illegal downloading — currently, downloads are given greater weight. “In addressing the subject of illegal streaming, it is important to note what this debate is not about. It is not a debate between technology and innovation and the creation of content. That is a false choice raised by too many people,” he told the committee. “This issue is really about favoring legitimacy over theft — about promoting and preserving creativity and production and punishing people who seek to profit through stealing the hard work of others.”
MPAA To Pols: Fix Intellectual Property Law
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