From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: News Corp’s James Murdoch and WME’s Ari Emanuel both talked tough at the recent Abu Dhabi Media Summit about the illegal downloading of movies and TV shows. You’d have to look hard through all the James stuff to find the Ari stuff, but I thought it would be of more interest to DH readers: Emanuel said he’s been speaking to President Obama about the U.S. adopting France’s 3-strikes-and-you’re-out stance. (Last year, France introduced a rule allowing legal action once Internet users had been caught illegally downloading 3 times.) The agent, whose brother Rahm is White House chief of staff, told delegates he expects there will be a “fight with ISPs” over the showbiz industry lobbying. Meanwhile, James Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of News Corp’s European and Asian operations, received spontaneous applause when he said that illegal downloaders weren’t “crazy kids” and called on governments to “punish them” no different from shoplifters stealing from stores.
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