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The streaming juggernaut Netflix has officially become a member of The Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA. The move marks the first time that an online streaming service has been accepted into Hollywood’s larger lobbying group.
The MPAA of course is home of the American ratings board, which means we can expect Netflix films will start being given ratings. It also means the internet-based company will fall more in line with the MPAA’s strict copyright laws and protections.
MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin had this to say on the partnership:
“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner. All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”
Netflix’s adoption into the MPAA also comes mere months before Twentieth Century Fox’s acquisition by Disney. Essentially, Netflix will be taking Twentieth Century’s place as the sixth major studio in the industry.
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