Now That Amazon Has Bought MGM, Will It Turn Against The Internet?

from the hopefully-not dept

As you may have heard, Amazon recently reached a deal to buy MGM Studios for $8.5 billion, expanding its in-house content studio, which is already quite massive, given its efforts to build up its Prime Video streaming service. For a variety of reasons (notably, everything Amazon has done with Prime, as well as increasing video streaming competition from Disney, NBC Universal, Warner Media/Discovery, etc.), the deal isn't that surprising.

I do wonder, however, if this deal brings Amazon a step closer to turning its back on the open internet. I mean, we already had Netflix join the MPA and start overreacting to piracy after being a good internet steward for many years. At this point, it seems like it may only be a matter of time until Amazon goes down that path as well -- though I'd hope they think better of it.

That said, it is notable that MGM is not a member of the MPA. It somewhat famously left in 2005. So maybe that helps keep Amazon on a path of actually supporting the open internet, and remembering the rest of its business (and how much it relies on an open internet). Still, watching how much the internet and the entertainment business has converged over the past decade or so suggests that we might finally get a realignment on these issues. It would be nice if that came with Hollywood finally recognizing the open internet is not the enemy, rather than the new tech players turning their backs on the open internet... but I'm not at all confident that's how this will play out.

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Companies: amazon, mgm, mpa, mpaa, netflix


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  • identicon
    bshock, 3 Jun 2021 @ 3:52pm

    Amazon is a self-improving machine designed to convert the universe into money. If it decides that some aspect of the internet is slowing down its fundamental task, it will work to destroy that aspect of the internet as ruthlessly and efficiently as possible.

    So to answer the original question: yes.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 4:00pm

    Now That Amazon Has Bought MGM, Will It Turn Against The Internet?

    Looking at how Twitch handles bulk DMCA notices, they already have.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 4:25pm

    Amazon and Netflix rely on the Internet to reach customers easily on many devices and apps, if one company understands the Internet its amazon
    Why would it attack the web?
    It bought many company's
    It, ll probably use the mgm catalog to enhance its videos services maybe we, ll see reboots or TV shows based on
    old mgm ip and characters
    Amazon is not the riaa or Nintendo
    It's more like Google the more people that use the Web the more
    money it makes

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 4:41pm

    My friend told met that he read in the Complaint that Techdirt is a Named Party in the suit between Cloudera and StreamScale, is that true? Wow, Cloudera is worth like $5 billion dollars, right?

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 5:22pm

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      Your “friend” is almost as stupid as you Jon boi.

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        Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 5:30pm

        Re: Re:

        Well, yeah, my friend is not so bright, but he's my friend, and I listen to what he says. Mike has a lot of friends, they listen to what he says. But when I read the Complaint, and then I read what Mike wrote about StreamScale, well, they can't both be right. Strange how people can look at the same facts and see very different things.

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          Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 5:52pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          So, who read the complaint, you or your friend?
          Why wouldn't you post a link to said complaint?
          Why don't you present whatever argument you have in good faith like a rational adult human being?

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            Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 5:55pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            www.streamscale.com

            Upper right corner.

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            Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 6:54pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            From your question about "said complaint", I assume you are probably a lawyer. How does the law apply in this case, in your opinion? Mike continues to post facts about StreamScale that are completely contrary to a filed Complaint.

            Should he persist in his publication? Should he take down his article about StreamScale? Or is it OK to publish facts that you know to be wrong?

            It must be so interesting to be a lawyer.

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              Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 11:13pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              Hey Jon boi remember when you used to pretend to be an inventor and self help publisher? You still running with those lies or did you cook up some new ones?

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                Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2021 @ 11:35pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                Hard to tell who's real around here and who's not. But court documents, well, they're real.

                I share this view of reality: When confronted with new facts, face them quickly, or peril will surely haunt your dreams. If you made an honest mistake, just say so, apologize for the misunderstanding, and everyone will move on.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 4 Jun 2021 @ 6:37pm

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                  You didn’t answer the question Jon boi.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 8 Jun 2021 @ 8:26pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  When confronted with new facts, face them quickly, or peril will surely haunt your dreams

                  Your support of Prenda Law says otherwise.

                  If you made an honest mistake, just say so, apologize for the misunderstanding, and everyone will move on.

                  Same for the Trump presidency.

                  Seriously, Jhon, you're a terrible liar.

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          sumgai (profile), 4 Jun 2021 @ 11:22am

          Re: Re: Re:ot

          Strange how people can look at the same facts and see very different things.

          No, not strange in the least - that's the very definition of our adversarial system of justice.

          But here's the rub.... I read the complaint, and I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only one laughing, almost to tears, at what the complaint alleges is covered by a patent. "That is only a 33% utilization of storage capacity". (A direct quote.) As if this guy had ever even spelled "data manager", let alone had been employed as one.

          I mean, can you honestly look your boss in the face after a data corruption disaster and tell him/her that "No, I didn't save any further back than one iteration, that'd be a waste of disk space." Even PHB's know about Grandfather-Father-Son backup schemes. And that's because they know their collective asses are on the line, should an "event" occur that would affect the bottom line in a not-so-desirable way.

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    Doug Burbidge (profile), 3 Jun 2021 @ 10:47pm

    MPA is not MPAA

    I think you may be confusing MPA (the Music Publishers Association) with MPAA (the Motion Picture Association of America).

    They're both philosophically similar in that they're rights-holder associations for big copyright businesses, but one's for music and one's for movies.

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    Boba Fat (profile), 3 Jun 2021 @ 11:47pm

    Will It Turn Against The Internet?

    No, but it will not allow MGM content to be paused, so that we'll have to pee in bottles while binge-watching, instead of taking bathroom breaks.

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    Gwiz (profile), 4 Jun 2021 @ 6:15am

    What I find even more funny is that Jeff Bezos might end up in control of The Apprentice outtakes. I'm not real sure about all the legalese in the contracts, but imagining Trump shitting his pants because Bezos might release outtakes of him shitting his pants is kind of fun.

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    charliebrown (profile), 4 Jun 2021 @ 8:28pm

    Tom And Jerry

    This is my favourite MGM property (or are the cartoons all owned by Warner Bros. still?) and I would like to have the option to buy ALL of the MGM cartoons uncut, in high definition (1080p if not 4K), preferably on physical media.

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