Long article; let me sum up:
Hollywood is trying to save money. So they move visual effects (VFX) jobs overseas since that’s all digital and the cost of moving the product (the film-in-progress) back and forth is next to nothing.
Domestic VFX companies cry foul, since the overseas governments are using subsidies to try and bring those jobs overseas. This creates an artifically low price, a practice that is illegal under World Trade Organization and US law. Both the Bush and Obama administrations have ignored this.
Meanwhile, in response to some stuff about 3-D printing, Hollywood weighs in and says that “digital goods should be considered imports” and thus subject to copyright protection and all that lovely stuff that they want. The statement includes flowery language referring to protecting domestic industries and digital intellectual property being real.
So now the VFX companies realize something:
If, as the MPAA insists, movies should be recognized as imports then so too should post-production work. That means visual effects work would be subject to the same subsidy-busting provisions which previously were primarily applied to physical goods like steel and lumber.
Can’t have it both ways, guys. Now how about you don’t screw over the people that make the movies what they are?