Jack Valenti on… p2p networks or ?

“The growing and dangerous intrusion of this new technology,” Jack Valenti said, threatens an entire industry’s “economic vitality and future security.” Mr. Valenti, the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, and he was ready for a rhetorical rumble. The new technology, he said, “is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman alone.”

This is not about the internet or file sharing, it was in 1982, and he was talking about videocassette recorders. If Jack Valenti had his way back then (he almost did as the Sony BetaMax case went all the way to the Supreme Court) we wouldn’t have VCRs today, Blockbuster wouldn’t exist and 50% of Hollywoods income wouldn’t exist.

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