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May 1, 2004
Valenti on the Little (Engineer/Linux User) People
My EFF colleague Cory Doctorow points to a disturbing/amusing interview with MPAA "spokesmonster" Jack Valenti in which Valenti tells an MIT engineer that the DMCA and broadcast flag are okay because you can't aim "public policy" at a mere "thousand" engineers, and gets flustered when confronted with the news that there are two million Linux users with no legal way to play legitimately purchased or rented DVDs using their systems:
TT: [You] said four years ago that people under Linux should use one of these licensed players that would be available soon. They're still not available -- it's been four years.
JV: Well why aren't they available? I don't know, because I don't make Linux machines.
Let me put it in my simple terms. If you take something that doesn't belong to you, that's wrong. Number two, if you design your own machine, you can't fuss at people, because you're one of just a few. How many Linux users are there?
TT: About two million.
JV: Well, I can't believe there's not any -- there must be a reason for... Let me find out about that. You bring up an interesting question -- I don't know the answer to that... Well, you're telling me a lot of things I don't know.
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