Who says I want to have Jack Valenti's films on my computer?

By Mark Boudreau 27 Feb 2002

“Without concord, one option is left: Congress must step in to protect valuable creative works on the Net and thereby benefit consumers by giving them another choice for movie viewing.” — Jack Valenti

<p>Umm. You know what he is asking for don&#8217;t you? He wants <a href="http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,50702,00.html">Fritz Hollings to save the day</a>. I want to know why the fact that movies can&#8217;t be &#8220;distributed securely&#8221; on the Internet is a justification for the government regulating an entire industry.</p>

<p>I don&#8217;t mean to preach to the choir. But Fritzy is holding hearings on this topic this week, and it very well may come to pass that the government and the entertainment industry dictate how our computers can be set up. In addition, it would already be illegal to bypass the security that they&#8217;d like to place on <span class="caps">OUR</span> computers. Ugh.</p>

<p>And just because some of you may live outside the US, <a href="http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,50658,00.html">don&#8217;t  assume that you are safe.</a></p> 

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