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MPAA, Spacey: Availability, Access, and Affordability Fight Piracy

The @MPAA Twitter account live-tweeted last night’s interview with Kevin Spacey, and they tweeted this quote from him:

This statement is consistent with what Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently said: “The best way to combat piracy isn’t legislatively or criminally but by giving good options.”  This may not be a coincidence, because Spacey stars in Netflix’s House of Cards.  All thirteen episodes of the first season of House of Cards were released on Netflix all at once, rather than the traditional distribution model, and as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said, this ended up “reinforcing our brand attribute of giving consumers complete control over how and when they enjoy their entertainment.”

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