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DreamWorks’ Katzenberg: ‘Copyright regime not working’

April 10, 2014

By Colin Mann

DreamWorks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg has said the US copyright ­regime is failing to stop the illegal downloading of movies.

According to Katzenberg, current copyright copyright laws are “not right enough, because there is a huge amount of piracy that goes on in the world”.

Katzenberg was among Hollywood studio supporters of the failed Stop Online Piracy Act in 2012. The legislation was dropped after a campaign by powerful online companies such as Google who argued it threatened the openness, freedom, and innovation of the Internet.

Katzenberg made his comments in Melbourne where he was to open an exhibition of DreamWorks animation art.

“Anybody that’s in the business of creating any kind of intellectual property, whether it’s books, or music, or TV or film, I think people are entitled to be fairly compensated for their creativity and their work,” Katzenberg said. “On the other hand, I also think we are obligated to try and make our content available to people, not only in convenient ways, but also in ones that are fair: fair price for value.”

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