Things got heated at last night's AllThingsD conference session with Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel, who in less than one hour embodied the entire beef between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. As Emanuel discussed the future of the entertainment industry online he went from stern to angry, raising his voice from a steady confident level, to full on yelling by the question and answer session. At one point he called one of his questioners a "fucking idiot" under his breath. (AllThingsD has the clip over here.) Though SOPA feels like eons ago in Internet time, Emanuel's performance last night reminded us that in this digital media world, Hollywood is still at war with the Internet powers that be.
If you remember from SOPA days, the basic rift goes like this. Hollywood wants people to stop stealing their product on the Internet. As Emanuel puts it, those running the Internet, like Google, aren't doing a good enough job at policing the net. "We need Northern California to figure out how to keep our intellectual property from being stolen. If Google was in China, and their stuff was being stolen, they would leave China, right?" Emanuel asked. And he has a solution. "I’d like them to start filtering when people are stealing our product internationally, that’s their responsibility," he yelled over one question asker, the one he called a swear who happened to be Josh Topolsky, editor in chief of The Verge. "Stealing is a bad thing," he added.