Oscars limits for streaming movies may violate antitrust law

From a story today in engadget: “If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ever wants to limit the eligibility of streaming services for the Oscars, it might have to contend with the US government first. The Department of Justice has warned the Academy that rule changes limiting services like Netflix and Amazon might violate antitrust law if they effectively “suppress competition.” The Sherman Act bars anti-competitive agreements between rivals, the DOJ wrote, and that would include awards restrictions that hurt a streaming company’s sales.”

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