Escalating The Fight In Hollywood

Well, somebody seems to believe in the power of internet distribution: Guilds Ask Screenwriters for Authorization to Strike

Negotiations between the guilds and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the makers of films and television programs, have been stalled over issues including the payment of residuals for the use of movies and shows after their initial screening.

Writers want such payments increased, and have proposed a structure for compensation when movies and shows are distributed on the Internet or through other forms of new media.

Producers want to change the existing system so that they make residual payments only after recouping the cost of productions.