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Jack Valenti,MPAA, DCMA &DVD:Pigs Get Fed. Will Hogs be Slaughtered? Pt. 1

Mar 02, 2000, 19:44 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dean Pannell)

"Jack Valenti has a story to sell: "Hacker pirates steal from us and hurt you." Like a movie "inspired by actual events", Valenti doesn't tell us the inconvenient truths, doesn't want us to know that the movie industry is waging war against its own customers - you and me - the people who make them rich."

"They wield the law like a blunt instrument, hammering home their rights and hammering away at ours. We see it when the DVD we bought overseas doesn't work in our DVD player, or grumble when we can't skip past the various FBI warnings in assorted languages on our DVD, or play that DVD on our computer because we don't use the "right" computer, but we're connect all of these irritations - and likely many more to come - with the new law. Fortunately and ironically, the MPAAs aggressive pursuit of "villains" may backfire and demonstrate that the DMCA is too vague in its protections and too dangerous to our rights to be constitutional."

"Turning back to our lawsuit, the Judge's order was signed late on a Friday, served on the defendants sometime after that, and the following Monday was a holiday. That gave defendants only two business days to file papers, prepare defenses, answer charges, or, for that matter, to find lawyers. They were sued under §1201(a)(2) of the DMCA, a new law that no one had experience with. One defendant was a journalist working for an e-magazine associated with a print magazine. In those two business days, while filing answers and researching the DMCA, he or his lawyers also needed to understand how the new law affected the First Amendment rights of a journalist doing his work. By the way, his rights are our rights too. Freedom of speech implies, even requires, freedom to hear that speech."

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