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A Secret MPAA/Indies Deal?

A Secret MPAA/Indies Deal?

The fact that the coalition of independent film producers (and the LA & NY IFPs) have reached a confidential out of court settlement to end their legal dispute regarding screeners feels a bit strange. Its not just a question of wanting to know who won but given all of the rallying of the community that happened, the issue just does not really feel resolved when the community is not privy to the details of the settlement. Jeff Levy-Hinte assured me that the coalition remains in a position to strike again should the MPAA or the studios ever try to restrain trade again. He also said that he was one of the plaintiffs that wanted the details of the settlement made public. Apparently, the MPAA was against that. An indieWIRE reader posted a reaction to the confidential agreement, saying “How can the IFP publicly rally the indie film community to its side, and then enter into a secret deal with the MPAA?”

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