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“Netflix is ditching Silicon Valley and going Hollywood. The streaming video giant has left an influential tech trade group and joined the Motion Picture Association of America, signaling a fundamental shift in how the streaming firm views itself and its future priorities.
Since 2013, Netflix has been an active member of the Internet Association, a lobbying group representing more than 50 of the nation’s biggest technology companies. But Netflix left the group earlier this month, as first reported by Politico. On Tuesday, Netflix confirmed it had joined the MPAA.
Silicon Valley and Hollywood are aligned on some issues, but have clashed over copyright and legal protections for internet intermediaries. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shields the Facebooks and the Googles of the world from liability for content published by their users. The safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, extends some of those protections to cover copyright violations. So long as platforms comply with requests to remove pirated content uploaded by a user within a reasonable time and ban repeat offenders, they can’t be held liable for hosting it.
Hollywood wants to change that. Groups like the MPAA have long sought stricter anti-piracy measures to prod platforms to proactively remove illegal content uploaded by users. The tech industry holds a different view.”
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