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Striking over future profits

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at 10:38 AM

Are you suffering withdrawal pains from new episodes of your favorite late-night TV talk shows?

The Hollywood writers' strike has entered its second day, meaning Jay Leno and David Letterman, among other hosts, are off the air (at least with new shows) for awhile. The TV and movie landscape could change considerably if the strike wears on.

And it's all because of this medium on which you're reading this blog.

It seems that everyone with any connection to the entertainment industry wants a bigger piece of the Internet pie.

One portion of the strike had to do with writers disagreeing over their share of royalties from Internet availability.

Hopefully this won't end up like Internet radio, where record companies have demanded a ridiculous, profit-destroying royalty rate. Fortunately, it appears Congress may step in and bring things within reason.

Internet radio's an extreme example of how all involved in entertainment, from performers to distributors, are trying to grab as much profit as possible.

That's somewhat understandable, but let's hope the home consumer doesn't get burned in the process. Limiting availability, or demanding ridiculously high prices for access, goes against the very freedom the Internet stands for.

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All I know is that if Season 2 of Heroes gets cut to just 11 episodes because of this, I'm going to be very peeved.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 10:47 AM

I am afraid I don't watch too much TV and have to catch up on so many shows I have missed anyway, that I might not even know it was happening, BUT mess with my internet and NOW YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION!

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 11:53 AM

That's fine with me. I watch too much TV as it is, and I really don't watch that much. It'll give me more time to concentrate on other things. Congress has no business messing with the private sector in issues like this. It's not their place to say that they have to do this, or that. I think the American people would be better off if we had to do without most of these shows anyway.

-- Posted by Thom on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 12:19 PM

I think the American people would be better off if we had to do without most of these shows anyway.

-- Posted by Thom on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 12:19 PM

yeah... but then again, there are a lot of things we could do without...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 12:25 PM

I agree Brian . . Heroes is getting really good right now.

I love that show!!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 2:36 PM

Less TV watching is a good thing. Now, if only sports were off TV I'd be a VERY joyous woman;)

-- Posted by countrymom on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 8:12 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.