– May 15, 2009:

The panel was about the future of filmmaking, but that didn’t mean anyone had to like what they saw. “I’m a guy who doesn’t see anything good having come from the Internet,” said Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive officer Michael Lynton. “Period.”

At a breakfast cohosted by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and The New Yorker Thursday, Lynton wasn’t just trying for a laugh: He complained the Internet has “created this notion that anyone can have whatever they want at any given time. It’s as if the stores on Madison Avenue were open 24 hours a day. They feel entitled. They say, ‘Give it to me now,’ and if you don’t give it to them for free, they’ll steal it.”

Co-panelist Nora Ephron, who started her career in print, said the Internet has had a greater effect on “our beloved print than it’s had on the movie business.” But, she conceded, “We’re in the last days of copyright, if you want to be grim about it….Stop it. I dare you.”

  1. Breetai says:

    The only thing that concerns me about a-holes like this. Is the number politicians he owns that write laws for him over common sense and the good of the future.

  2. JimD says:

    I guess that’s why Sony lost a BILLION DOLLARS last year!!! Clueless execs !!! Time to FLUSH THE DEADWOOD OUT OF THE EXECUTIVE SUITES !!!


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