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Netflix Becomes First Streaming Company to Join the MPAA

Accepted submission by canopic jug at 2019-01-23 07:26:27 from the moar-DRM dept.
Digital Liberty

Netflix has become the first streaming company to join the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) [], Hollywood’s most powerful lobbying group. This is the first time a non-Hollywood group has joined the group which consists of the six Hollywood studios. The MPAA has been a strong proponent of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) in all technologies it touches and lobbies extensively for maximal reductions in use [].

The Netflix-MPAA union coincides with the streamer becoming a card-carrying member of the Oscar race after securing an unprecedented 15 nominations on Tuesday morning. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Sarandos are intent on upping the company's profile as a legitimate force in the movie business, and joining the MPAA will further that goal.

Additionally, once Fox is merged with Disney, the MPAA will have one less member, meaning a loss of as much as $10 million to $12 million in annual dues. Sources say the MPAA is courting other new members as well (Amazon could be a candidate).

Articles about Netflix have been featured a lot on SN in many different contexts.

Earlier on SN:
Video Streaming Services set for Cambrian Explosion [] (2019)
Netflix to Raise $2 Billion in Debt to Fund More Original Content [] (2018)
Netflix is the Latest Company to Try Bypassing Apple's App Store [] (2018)
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