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Barry Diller on the strike: “I think it’s stupid.”

Diller_2Or so he tells Neil Cavuto in a broadcast interview on FOX Business Network.

The normally shy and retiring Diller had much to say on the WGA strike:

I expect that it will probably be a long strike, which would be unfortunate because I don’t think it makes much sense….I think it’s stupid. I don’t think they should have gone out on strike…Both sides must have really mishandled this one… In order to have gotten to ‘strike moment’ everyone must have screwed up, which makes it difficult to get them back to some sort of sanity.”

He then goes on to say that the digital revenues are a nonissue, as there currently are none.

“What this strike is about is not revenues from first usage. It’s about revenues from what happens in this digital age, of which right now there are none… What they want to do is strike so they’re protected for the future. The problem with that is right now it’s a future that no one can figure out…What they should have done is say, we’re going to take the next five year period – we want to know where all of these revenues are coming from.  We want to freeze this area until we can understand the revenues, which aren’t going to develop for another few years…There are no profits for the work that writers do that is then digitized and distributed through the Internet.”

I think we’re pretty clear as to what the WGA would say to that.

— Dana Harris

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