Harvey Weinstein attacks ‘free internet’

by Peter D. Marshall

by BBC News.

US film producer Harvey Weinstein has criticised media giants Apple and Google for making content available under the guise of “free internet”.

“It’s a nonsensical idea,” he told an audience at the London Film Festival, likening the notion to helping oneself to “free shirts” in a clothing store.

Video-sharing sites like YouTube, he continued, were doing a “massive disservice” to the film industry.

He went on to praise France for passing the world’s “toughest” anti-piracy law.

In 2009, France adopted a so-called “three-strikes law” that means persistent pirates can be thrown offline.

The legislation, Weinstein claimed, had “disincentivised” people to “steal” content and had resulted in a “robust” local industry.

The Miramax co-founder and Oscar-winning producer made his comments at a keynote address at the BFI Southbank on Thursday.

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