Shalom Life | May 25, 2015

Ari Emanuel: California must help stop intellectual property theft

WME co-CEO wants Google and other companies to fight piracy

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: May 31st, 2012 in Business » World

Ari Emanuel: California must help stop intellectual property theft

William Morris Endeavor agency co-CEO Ari Emanuel urged Google and other companies in the Silicon Valley to help Hollywood in its fight against piracy Wednesday, while speaking at the AllThingsD-organized D10 conference in Palos Verdes, California, just 30 miles south of Los Angeles.

“We need Northern California to figure out how to keep our intellectual property from being stolen,” he said, according to AllThingsD.com.

Emanuel emphasized the need for balance of power between the technology and entertainment worlds, but said it’s up to technology companies, such as Google, to take a stronger stance against piracy.

“Where Google decides to play on piracy is very, very important for us,” said Emanuel. “And I think they’re kind of going slowly.”

He argued that if Google operated in China but saw its property being stolen, Google would decide to leave China. Emanuel encouraged the internet giant to cut down on theft by filtering out international piracy.

“Look, Google can filter and does filter for child pornography. They do that already. So stealing is a bad thing, and child pornography is a bad thing.”

Emanuel said that people such as Hollywood producer Aaron Sorkin, who also spoke at the conference earlier in the day, and Larry David spend a great deal of time developing their creative content, and tech companies “need to...help us protect that stuff.”

People must also ask Google, Verizon and other tech firms about why they have not yet reached out on the topic of law enforcement to fight online piracy, said Emanuel, when discussing the failed SOPA piracy legislation.

Emanuel also argued that people are watching less traditional TV, noting that as people get older, they seem more willing to purchase pay TV services.

“Glenn Beck has 230,000 paying subs. That’s his fan base. He goes on for a half hour, spews whatever he wants to spew,” said Emanuel. “He makes $23 million, $40 million. That’s a model. But you don’t get Family Guy, Homeland, Entourage for that. Those things cost more.”

Israeli Companies Make Gartner's Innovative 'Cool Vendors' List Israeli Companies Make Gartner's Innovative 'Cool Vendors' List TrendingJEDx 2015 Gives Toronto's Young Professionals a Real Life Lesson JEDx 2015 Gives Toronto's Young Professionals a Real Life Lesson TrendingNeat Israeli Pen Lets You Answer Calls and Send Texts Without Your Phone Neat Israeli Pen Lets You Answer Calls and Send Texts Without Your Phone Trending
 

Joshua Davis: It Feels Good to Be Home

May 25, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Joshua Davis: It Feels Good to Be Home

In exclusive Shalom Life interview, Davis talks 'The Voice,' his love of Paul Simon, and more

Read More

After Decades of Silence from Olympics Committee, Murdered Israeli Athletes to Finally be Recognized

May 25, 2015 | By Maayan Jaffe
After Decades of Silence from Olympics Committee, Murdered Israeli Athletes to Finally be Recognized

A first-ever IOC-supported official memorial to victims of the Munich Massacre will be erected in Munich in time for Rio 2016

Read More

WATCH: Journalist Shows What it's Like to Walk Around as a Jew in Cairo

May 25, 2015 | By Ynet News
WATCH: Journalist Shows What it's Like to Walk Around as a Jew in Cairo

Egyptian journalist gets harassed dressed as a religious Jew, though he does get a couple compliments too

Read More

Israeli Makes Eurovision Finals for First Time in 5 Years

May 22, 2015 | By Shaleni McBain
Israeli Makes Eurovision Finals for First Time in 5 Years

'Golden Boy' Nadav Guedj hopes to live up to his name

Read More

Israeli Companies Make Gartner's Innovative 'Cool Vendors' List

May 22, 2015 | By Einat Paz-Frankel, NoCamels
Israeli Companies Make Gartner's Innovative 'Cool Vendors' List

18 out of 350 companies selected by leading American IT research firm Gartner are from the Holy Land

Read More

Jewish Community Center Cancels Marijuana Art Classes

May 22, 2015 | By Shaleni McBain
Jewish Community Center Cancels Marijuana Art Classes

Class that welcomed cannabis usage at Aspen Community Center in Colorado quickly nixed

Read More

Israel in Top 10 Countries for Gay Men

May 22, 2015 | By Shaleni McBain
Israel in Top 10 Countries for Gay Men

Country ranks #7 on the happiness index

Read More

Canadian Holocaust Survivor Recognizes Himself in Online Photo

May 22, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Canadian Holocaust Survivor Recognizes Himself in Online Photo

Yehuda Danzig of Toronto was stunned when he came across a pic of himself and his younger brother while reading The Times of Israel

Read More

More Headlines