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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Free Home Theaters for the U.S. Government

Last year, the film industry staked out another zone of influence: United States embassies. Its lobbying arm paid to renovate screening rooms in at least four overseas outposts, hoping the new theaters would help ambassadors and their foreign guests “keep U.S. cultural interests top of mind,” according to an internal email.

That was the same year that the Motion Picture Association of America, which represents the six biggest studios, reported it was lobbying the State Department on issues including piracy and online content distribution. Hollywood’s interests—including its push for tougher copyright rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact—often put the industry at odds with Silicon Valley.

Read more: http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/free-home-theaters-for-the-us-government

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