Indie Blue Ray Disc Society Being Formed

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Independent Blue Ray Disc Society to help U.S. companies navigate new hi-def era and keep jobs in America.

Blu-ray manufacturing and DVD pioneer Erick Hansen is leading the charge to start the Independent Blue Ray Disc Society to accommodate somewhat disenfranchised American independent entertainment companies enter the Blu-ray hi-def era.

The major studios have set up overseas facilities for their use, but indies, especially those in the U.S., have troubles navigating the next-gen high-definition world, often being without dependable and piracy-free contacts in China and other overseas locales where most all Blu-ray discs are produced.

The IBDS will help accommodate movie, TV, game, computer and music video companies in the U.S. with Blu-ray disc manufacturing and authoring as well as their entry into the Blu-ray Live world of interactivity over the internet using BDs.    

Hansen, who founded the only U.S. indie Blu-ray disc manufacturing plant, Blue Ray Technologies, is starting the IBDS out of frustration -- for the disenfranchisement of U.S. indies by overseas companies who have smaller runs than the majors, the continuing piracy crisis in many manufacturing countries and what offends him the most:

"A whole sector of multi-billion dollar technology and jobs is being created overseas. Hi-def is the future to American home entertainment technology and we are giving it away. If this Society fails to regain some stake in BD in America, U.S. companies will soon realize they have thrown away a $20 Billion-dollar industry. That includes both majors and indies who now believe they control their own fate in the video field," said Hansen. "America is waking up to the new economy, we will wake up to the jobs we lost, and we have to scramble to regain or retain jobs."

"Many will find they have squandered their copyrights, which will not help them in a pirate economy like the one that slashed the music industry by 75 percent," said Hansen. "The film industry and U.S. Government has been complaining for years that some of the plants in the countries with long-standing pirate economies do legit disc runs by day, and pirate copies they run at night."

Stopping bootleg copies of films and games from are a major of what outspoken CEO Hansen hopes to address with his new initiatives. "What do you expect? Pirates not to pirate when you give them ships and cutlasses? Countries like China are also an environmental nightmare, commerce not balanced with well-documented pollution dangers like global warming. Why do we give them the technology to cheat us out of our future? Free trade must be fair trade," he said.

"We are proud to be the American company that can manufacture rewritable and pre-recorded stampers, as well as single and dual layer Blu-ray masters for movies, games and software. We want other small and medium sized companies to take a stake in the new hi-def technology. It shouldn't be only the domain of multi-national conglomerates," Hansen said.

"I want to help indies and people who want to learn and prosper from BD," Hansen said "We want to create a society for American independent companies that don't have a big foreign corporation behind them. We don't believe they should be excluded from their own marketplace. We want to keep jobs and technology here. Somebody has to do something about it."

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