Following a keynote speech at the Wikimania conference in Washington, Wales told reporters that the problem of online piracy could be reduced in large part by media companies making TV shows and other entertainment content more accessible for people to purchase. But a spokeswoman for the motion picture trade group pushed back against Wales’s comments, arguing there is a range of options available for people to watch movies and TV shows online and that studios continue to seek to expand that number of offerings.
“Our studios are constantly partnering and innovating new ways for audiences to watch the movies and TV shows they love: Hulu, HBO Go, Vudu, Crackle, UltraViolet, Epix, MUBI – and that just barely scratches the surface,” said Kate Bedingfield, a spokeswoman at the MPAA. “There are more legitimate avenues available today to watch movies and TV shows online than ever before, and our studios are continuing to innovate every day to bring audiences even more options.”
“At the end of the day, stealing shows and movies out of convenience still harms the people who work hard to make them,” Bedingfield added.