Turnstyle on Monday, Jun. 4th
Ari Emmanuel striking a pugilistic note at the All Things D conference in Rancho Palos Verdes.
In an onstage conversation with The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, Emmanuel rebuked the Northern California tech community for what he sees as its imperviousness to online piracy, especially with regard to international markets.
“I don’t want to hear that its stopping innovation by (regulating) international people because, domestically, we’ve done it. If Google was in China and they were stealing their intellectual property, they would leave China, right? But it’s OK that our stuff gets stolen and they can’t figure out how to stop that. Now, that’s not a logical argument,” he told Mossberg.
When questioned by an audience member about what he’d like to see Google implement to stem piracy, Emmanuel said he’d like the company to negotiate a deal that’s beneficial for both the company and content creators, “to start filtering when people are stealing product internationally of our content.”
The Journal reporting, he also tussled with an audience member over what he saw as a flawed analogy comparing piracy to a house being robbed, telling the speaker, “That’s a bad example. Go sit down and think of something else and come back and I’ll scream at you again.”