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MPPC stands for Motion Picture Patents Company, also known as the EdisonTrust, also known as the FirstOligopoly. It was a trust of all the major film companies and the biggest supplier of raw film, EastmanKodak. The reason for it's decline are manifold. The most important ones are the misjudgement of consumer interest and the quick rise of the so-called IndependentS, who later became the SecondOligopoly. There were also US Supreme Court decisions, in particular the ShermanAntitrustAct, but at that time, the MPPC was already defeated.