MPAA chief set for September exit
Piracy-buster pursues 'extracurricular' interests
The chairman and CEO of Motion Picture Association of America, Dan Glickman, will exit stage left when his contract ends this September.
Glickman, a former Agriculture Department secretary and Democrat congressman from Kansas, has held the post as Hollywood's top lobbyist to Washington for five years following the retirement of longtime MPAA head, Jack Valenti. Glickman first divulged his plans for departure in an interview with Politico.com, which ran last Sunday.
"My guess is that I'll end up in the nonprofit or academic world," he told the website. "People who know me know I've had these great extracurricular interests that have been very significant in driving me."
Glickman devoted much of his time championing anti-piracy efforts on behalf of the six major movie studios: Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount Pictures.
The news follows ousting of several MPAA executives over the past few months, as well as unhappy rumblings over the Glickman's failure to obtain taxed cuts for filmed entertainment in the US federal stimulus bill.
Hollywood trade rag Variety reports there's speculation his exit may mark a transition to scaling back the MPAA's budget while studios rely more on their own in-house lobbying teams.
The organization has not announced a successor yet, but names being tossed about include Disney lobbyist Richard Bates, Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr., and even California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger after his term ends. ®
blame the dmca
>I don't mind the copyright notices so much, they're usually pretty short. But holy living hell I can't stand it when I rent a DVD and it has 15 *fucking minutes* of unskippable "previews" before you even get to the damn menu. The only thing that's worse is when you *buy* the disc and it has *any* previews (skippable or otherwise).
It is actually fairly trivial to get around this (by playing on computer or reburning without css) but alas you run into the law that shows just how corrupt wester civ has become the DMCA. If you Hollywood is going to make you a criminal to avoid their gestapo enforced commericals just go all the way by not buying the dvd and torrenting it. Of course treating your paying customers to a worse experience than the freeloaders experience is a solid business model that will stand the test of time. What wankers.
re: I'll assume that's "Tax cuts" rather than "taxed cuts"
"(how many pirated videos keep the unskippable copyright notices and adverts?)"
I don't mind the copyright notices so much, they're usually pretty short. But holy living hell I can't stand it when I rent a DVD and it has 15 *fucking minutes* of unskippable "previews" before you even get to the damn menu. The only thing that's worse is when you *buy* the disc and it has *any* previews (skippable or otherwise).
BTW, technically it's a violation of the DVD license to apply the "no-skip" code to any track other than the copyright notice(s). IDK about Blu Ray.
"My guess is that I'll end up in the nonprofit or academic world"
Staying put then.