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Summit fights freeloaders

Execs discuss problems of protection from piracy

WikiLeaks was on the minds of many speakers and panelists at Variety’s Entertainment Content Protection Summit on Wednesday at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.

While lawsuits are not always the way, DGA prexy Taylor Hackford wondered if there wasn’t another means to deter downloaders in a conversation with Variety’s Ted Johnson.

Conference chairman Richard Atkinson said, “Piracy is demand driven. The good news is people want your stuff. But there’s a gap in fulfillment somewhere, and pirates are good at filling the gaps.”

McAfee’s Stuart McClure said, “There’s an old saying in healthcare, ‘For security to be implemented it has to be invisible and improve patient care.’ I think that also applies to this industry.”

Other speakers included Summit Entertainment’s Kaye Cooper-Mead and Microsoft’s James Dunkleberger.

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