Fallout From Valenti Interview

I posted a link to TechDirt’s citation of a recent Jack Valenti interview, and the degree to which he continues to push his Welansschaung. Today there’s a Slashdot discussion with some great comments, particularly touching upon how the issue of access has become enmeshed with the issues of copyright in a digital world — and how a failure to recognize the distinction is leading to a host of problems:

Back ups=illegal? (Score:4, Insightful)

by portnux (630256) on Tuesday August 31, @06:36AM (#10116266)

When you buy a DVD you are buying the media AND the right to watch it. When the DVD is damaged, you still have the right to watch, although now it’s unwatchable. Your money bought you both a tangible and an intangible product. You make a backup you are only protecting your right to the intangible product that you paid for. If jack valenti or anyone else wants to deprive you of that right they are stealing from you. I don’t know when the systems of the world shifted to the point where consumers stealing from companies are criminal but companies stealing from consumers is just plain good business, but I for one don’t like it. But who knows, maybe my opinion would change if I was on the other end of all this stealing. :/

You have been brainwashed (Score:5, Insightful)

by Pan T. Hose (707794) on Tuesday August 31, @07:36AM (#10116480)

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When you buy a DVD you are buying the media AND the right to watch it. [emphasis added]

You have been apparently indoctrinated with a great success, but the fact is that you don’t need any special “right to watch” a movie, like you don’t need any “right to read [gnu.org]” a book, at least not yet. The only thing that the copyright law regulates is the right to publish and distribute, not any magical “right to see” which would somehow make illegal the very act of merely looking at publicly available things, which would be completely ridiculous. Please do not spread the FUD. The scums like Jack Valenti want us to think that way, but it does’s make it true. Please try to keep that in mind. This is actually extremely important because if all of people think like yourself, then no one will protest when corporations finally put it into law, because everyone will think it has always been that way, which is simply not true. I wouldn’t have even answered to this post but it was moderated as Score:5, Insightful so apparently there are more misinformed people here.

See also Ed Felten’s dissection of the interview: Valenti’s Greatest Hits; Derek’s It’s a Kind of Magic