Warner Brothers is canceling preview screenings of films in Canadian theaters. This is either a public relations stunt intended to pressure Canadian policy makers to adopt stricter copyright law, or WB is genuinely worried camcorders in movie theaters are cutting into their business.
This is a good thing, but you have to hunt for the silver lining.
We know the WB’s decision won’t affect copyright infringement, because Hollywood isn’t backed up by fact. Assembling a powerful array of arguments based upon the industry’s own data, Michael Geist has convincingly demonstrated Hollywood is wrong about movie piracy in Canadian theaters.
They remain unconvinced.
So, when this measure is shown to have no effect at all, it will be a glorious demonstration to Hollywood that shaky, low resolution camcorder recordings are not the threat industry executives think they are. As a bonus, it will also tell policy makers that government doesn’t need to side with Hollywood when making copyright law, since industry is obviously capable of taking care of itself. Rationality wins out, and everyone downloading movies on opening weekend will know the films are leaked by industry insiders.
How’s that for twisted, naive reasoning?
(Update: Geist now comments on the WB’s decision)