Valenti Angry With Tarantino, Wants To Sue File Sharers

from the sigh dept

How about a celebrity boxing match between Quentin Tarantino and Jack Valenti? Last week Tarantino spoke at an "anti-piracy" conference and made the case that movie piracy isn't so bad in many cases. However, by not sticking to the script, Tarantino has apparently upset MPAA head Jack Valenti. It's a little unclear what was said, but from the article linked here, it sounds like Valenti was threatening Tarantino. He tells him that it's time to "get on-board" with the industry's anti-piracy efforts. However, there doesn't appear to be an "or else," which certainly makes it sound like quite the idle threat. However, he's also threatening file sharers, and is basically admitting that the MPAA is likely to follow in the RIAA's footsteps and start directly suing end users. Valenti warns: "Suppose you can [download] a movie in five minutes, piracy will explode like a pandemic." Mr. Valenti's track record in such predictions isn't so hot. After all, he's the guy who predicted the VCR would kill the movie industry just before it (oh, that's right) saved the industry.

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 May 2004 @ 1:57pm

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    I haven't worn my Sergi Valenti Jeans since the 80's. He's so tired.

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    alternatives, 17 May 2004 @ 4:25pm

    These people still exist?

    I stopped buying or even using MPAA/RIAA 'backed' products years ago.

    Because, if no one uses or buys thier products, they will starve to death.

    Guess others have not done this. This *IS* a case if you ignore these people, they will go away.

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      NOBODY, 18 May 2004 @ 7:09am

      Re: These people still exist?

      No. If you and twenty million of your friends do that, they'll listen. But no one except you has actually stopped buying these products. Although, it will be a cold day in hell before I buy another Metallica CD

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        Anonymous Coward, 18 May 2004 @ 7:42am

        I've stopped downloading

        Because there's nothing out there even worth a download, let alone buying an CD. I've been listening to Shoutcast channels on occasion instead.

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