Richard Gladstein is the producer of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film ‘Hateful Eight’. He’s also not the biggest fan of Google’s piracy policies.
“Google and YouTube have the ability to create a vaccine that could eradicate the disease of content theft,” he wrote in an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter, claiming that the film has been watched more than 1.3m times illegally since its box-office release on 25 December.
“But to the millions of us who watch as our works are stolen over and over and over and over again, millions and millions of times, Google is at best offering us an aspirin, and at worst, ignoring the disease.”
He details a recent conversation with Google’s Fred von Lohmann: “I asked him why Google seemed to successfully block certain illegal activity, such as child pornography or ISIS beheading videos, but seemed utterly helpless to do anything about the wholesale theft of movies,” writes Gladstein.
“He answered, ‘We are not in a position to decide what is legal and what is illegal online.’ I don’t buy it.”
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