Jack Valenti... Misunderstanding The Digital World Right Up Until The End

from the buy-him-a-clue... dept

Jack Valenti is getting ready to retire, but that hasn't stopped him from continuing to give interviews where he says stuff that are clearly false or purposely misleading. My biggest complaint with the interview isn't with Valenti, actually. It's that the interviewer, JD Lasica, who definitely knows better, didn't challenge Valenti on any of his ridiculous answers. Not once does he say anything. Even when Valenti trots out his ridiculous excuses for why you should never be able to back up a DVD, where, in a single answer Valenti confuses the different between digital and tangible items and then insists that there should be no reason to back up digital items because they last forever. Of course, they only last forever... um... if you can back them up. So, there's a bit of a disconnect there, and it should have been hammered home. Also, Valenti continues to insist that there's no such thing as fair use. Or rather, he makes a series of contradictory statements about fair use, none of which fully make sense. He first seems to say that you can only use fair use on content that belongs to you, in which case you wouldn't need fair use (it already belongs to you!). Next, he claims that if someone fast forwards through something in classroom, that is fair use, but follows it up by saying the law doesn't recognize fair use (which is simply false). These are all things he's said before, so there's nothing that new in the interview, but how could the interviewer, especially someone who has written a new book about these things, let Valenti get away with them? That's why he continues to think he's right -- because no one tells him to his face that he's wrong when he spouts this stuff.
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    bunion, 5 Nov 2004 @ 10:55am

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    People should just quit purchasing movies, they should quit going to movies, they should boycott cds and not rent movies for a whole year. If everyone boycotted these assholes for one year and held to it, these hollywood assholes would come begging back with price reductions. As long as they have suckers (consumers) ready and willing to buy their shit, they will peddle it a high prices. Piracy has caused them to rethink their price structure and reduce the price of cd's. Just think if they were to be boycotted for just one year. What if no one went to a movie or rented a tape or bought a cd for just one year. They would be begging to sell us cd's for a reasonable price which should be about 2.00 per cd. We are the ignorant ones for buying their shit. I have boycotted their shit for a whole year now and I figured out that I am about 2000.00 richer. It is not against the law to boycott these assholes. Steven Spielburg and Barbara Streisand, Charlie Sheen, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, Saan Penn, Ben Affleck and on and on and on. These flaunt their affluent wealth to the public and then they moan when someone copies a movie. They are greedy whores and we don't have to sit and take their shit. We can do a legal boycott. When you boycott their movies, they don't make any money and you don't have to worry about the assholes at the mpaa or riaa knocking on your door. I just wish I could convince someone with national recognition to champion a world wide boycott of their shit. Now of course, there would be some turncoat neanderthals who could not live without the shit that they spew out. If just two million people felt the same way I do, and those two million people went to the movies twice a month at an average ticket price of 6.00 per ticket, a boycott would costg them 288 million dollars. If those same two million people would refrain from buying 2 cd's/mo at an average cost of 15.00 each, it would cost them 720 million in revenue. That is a billion dollars. That is just two million people. Those money worshiping son-of-a bitches in entertainment understand money. That is the only thing they understand. Two million boycotters would hurt the hell out of them. So anyone reading this. Boycott the son-of-a - bitches. Let a man make a doller from you and he will take you for granted, boycott the son of a bitch and he will come crawling to your door. So jump in there with the bunion and boycott the hell out of the bastards. Don't do anything illegal. By doing so you empower them. Practice the politics which worked so well for Dr. King. Peaceful-legal-boycott and protest. It is not against the law if you don't buy but you must not copy either. You can live without thier shit. I have and I enjoy reading and sailing and motorcycling and biking. I have lost weight and my cholesterol; is lower. Think of it as a heal;thy retreat. signed bunion for legal protest

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