Thursday, October 19, 2006

Online residuals

In a digital free-for-all, Hollywood trumpets another round of ventures nearly every week making TV series and films accessible on the Internet.

But with each splashy announcement, resentment builds among writers and actors who believe studios are ducking the issue of how to properly pay them when their work is viewed via the Web. With major labor contracts expiring over the next two years, fears are growing that digital distribution will become such a contentious issue that it could prompt a strike.
More from Richard Verrier in The LA Times.

Of course, the WGGB has been grappling with similar issues in this country. There have been initial agreements but discussions and negotiations are bound to continue as the online market develops.

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