This week in Los Angeles the
House Judiciary Committee continued its ongoing copyright review.
Representing the entertainment industry and copyright holders was Richard
Gladstein, founder of Film Colony.
Also at the hearing was Fred von Lohmann, Google’s legal
director for copyright. "Why couldn’t we find a way, in all of your wonderful
genius, to prevent being directed to illegal activity,” Gladstein said at
Tuesday’s hearing at UCLA. He cited the search giant’s ability to block such
things as child porn sites, and noted that such illegal activity "takes money
out of the pockets of grips and gaffers … and all those people on a movie who
are not actors.”
"We are not in a position to decide what is
legal and what is illegal online,” Von Lohmann responded.