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May 26, 2005
Point Counter... Oh Screw It
CNET has a point-counterpoint between Dan Glickman, head of the MPAA, and Jim Burger, media attorney for the law firm of Dow, Lohnes & Albertson on the topic of the broadcast flag.
Of course I'm a completely biased reader, so there's not much point in my commenting on this. In my eyes, Burger does a good job of laying out the realities of why the flag is an absurd overreach of control. Glickman falls back on hyperbole and fear, telling us that without the flag we'll lose broadcast television. Someone send him a link to Pesce's piece, please? Glickman's not as much fun to bash as Valenti - at least not until he reaches equal levels of rhetorical excess - but he doesn't seem capable of conceiving of even the slightest evolution in business models.
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