[A2k] Hollywood Presses Anti-Piracy Trade Measures With Obama

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Tue Nov 26 18:37:50 PST 2013


November 26, 2013, 6:06 PM

Hollywood Presses Anti-Piracy Trade Measures With Obama

By Ben Fritz

LOS ANGELES–Entertainment executives meeting privately with President
Barack Obama Tuesday asked him to ensure copyright protections are
enshrined in new trade agreements and help facilitate better relations
between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, according to people familiar with the

Mr. Obama spoke with a who’s-who of major studio and network leaders,
including Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves,
and Kevin Tsujihara, the head of Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Brothers. The
nearly hour-long discussion occurred after the president took a tour of the
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. campus in Glendale Calif. and before he
delivered an address on the economy to the crowd there.

The largely Democratic entertainment industry has been a stalwart supporter
of Mr. Obama, a trend continued on this trip with fund raisers hosted by
“Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman and media mogul Haim Saban. DreamWorks
Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was a particularly prolific bundler for
Mr. Obama in his two presidential campaigns.

During the meeting, the president encouraged the entertainment executives
to search for common ground with the technology industry and offered the
assistance of his administration to help bridge a still sizable divide
between the two, the knowledgeable people said. Distrust between the two
has been significant since the studios’ trade group, the Motion Picture
Association of America, last year unsuccessfully pushed Congress to pass a
pair of controversial anti-piracy laws that were condemned by many in
Silicon Valley.

Though no new legislation is on their agenda, a top priority for many in
Hollywood is getting search engines to stop linking to websites that stream
pirated content.

They also want provisions in upcoming trade agreements, particularly the
almost-complete Trans-Pacific Partnership, that ensure other countries
protect intellectual property with standards similar to those used in the

Mr. Obama briefly discussed the troubled rollout of his health care law
with the entertainment executives, a topic that came up again in his
speech. He also spoke about a host of other policy issues in his public
remarks and specifically praised the film and television businesses for
their economic impact and work promoting American values around the world.

In addition, he called on industry leaders to make sure they’re “not
glorifying” gun violence in the wake of mass shootings such as the one at
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last year.

-Erich Schwartzel contributed to this article.

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