Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Jack Valenti is retiring from the MPAA, the industry trade group he's headed for many, many years. This is the man who says "In the digital world, we don't need back-ups, because a digital copy never wears out" and famously proclaimed to the Senate in 1984 "I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone". He's got a long history of fighting for big studios, regardless of the rights of consumers, particularly when it comes to fair use of copyrighted material. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.


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