From NPR, A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest. Selected excepts:
“Why Warner Brothers needs the support of the taxpayers of New Zealand in order to make The Hobbit is beyond me,” Cohen says.
Meanwhile, the Motion Picture Association of America, which represents the studios, told NPR in a statement that digital artistry is a service that’s not protected by trade agreements, so they can send their work any place they want.
If you’re keeping count this is actually the third time this week the MPAA responded to media on our legal effort. I’ll explain why the service argument is not only weak, but has actually already been answered by the Supreme Court in our favor.