A Too-Quick History
A Legal Monopoly
- The MPAA being “separate” from the studios because they’re not direct employees.
- Even though the studios are paying for the MPAA, they’re doing so under the auspice of protecting the industry and not individual interests.
- The major studios can still consider each other competition.
- They aren’t price-fixing or controlling what types of movies are made.
- Even though the studios give them all their money, the MPAA employees are not paid directly by them.
- While the MPAA lobbies the government and represents the interests of the studios, those are somehow also the direct interests of all filmmakers.
- The Big Six still face off when they release movies, even while they’re all one team behind the MPAA.
- The first part is true, but while they don’t control what gets made, they help control what gets shown in theaters.
The Final SOPA Straw
Possible Solutions to a Difficult Problem
- The group is too closely connected to the major studios.
- The ratings system is unfair and used to control market practices in a biased way.