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Valenti to Step Down; Tauzin May Head MPAA

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the repaint-your-effigies dept.

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The Importance of writes "The New York Post is reporting that Jack Valenti is stepping down as head of the MPAA, probably by the end of the year. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R - LA) will be taking over. After 37 years as head of the MPAA, at least Valenti is going out on a high note, with most of Hollywood ticked off at him for the screener ban. bIPlog comments on Valenti's apparent agelessness." The Post article quotes Tauzin's office as denying that such an offer has even been made, but acknowledging that one might be in the works.

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Patch time (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313192)

Note to all slashdot users: Update your etc/hate files with the new name

Re:Patch time (1)

DarkVader (121278) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313960)

Oh, come on. Tauzin has been in /etc/hate for a rather long time now.

I hope the fucker dies of ass cancer (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313195)

Fucking nazi bastard.

QUESTION: why does slashdot suck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313351)

Every since they nerfed the moderation system 2 weeks ago there's been nothing but crap here. I've actually been looking forward to the GNAA posts.

Re:I hope the fucker dies of ass cancer (2, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313484)


Like him or not, the MPAA is behind a lot of your favourite movies. Don't hate the man or the group, hate their antiquated. protectionist distribution system.

Re:I hope the fucker dies of ass cancer (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314595)

"Like him or not, the MPAA is behind a lot of your favourite movies. Don't hate the man or the group..."

We all would like Hollywood to expand into the internet age. They're fighting it kicking and screaming. Valenti was particularly good at applying reason (easily disputable reason, mind you) to a situation that makes them sound like they're in the right. If Valenti had been able to make his points in the past, we wouldn't have VCRs today.

People have plenty of reason not to like him. Yes the MPAA makes movies we like, but that makes it all the more painful. The internet is a WONDERFUL media for movies and everybody's knee-jerk afraid that we're all going to become thieves the moment it is used.

You're right that they have an antiquated protectionist distro system, but that isn't all there is to it.

Re:I hope the fucker dies of ass cancer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7315013)

Like him or not, the MPAA is behind a lot of your favourite movies.

You poor hopeless innocent teabaggin shit. The MPAA is the studios! Writers, actors, directors, and grips and the rest of the unions are "behind a lot of your favourite movies". The studios only package and distribute them, thus fucking the creative and productive talent out of as much of their justly deserved profit as possible.

Re:I hope the fucker dies of ass cancer (1)

cens0r (655208) | more than 10 years ago | (#7315522)

They also finace them... without studio money very few big movies would get made... it's not like peter jackson has the 300 million dollars to do LOTR by himself... very few people are George Lucas.

Better deal (3, Funny)

Chatmag (646500) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313200)

Maybe the RIAA made him a better offer.

finally some sanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313205)

I can haardely wait for the RMS playing god of all software movie.

Billy Tauzin? (0)

gasaraki (262206) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313210)

Does anyone know much about this guy? It would be nice if MPAA leadership fell into the hands of someone with common sense for a change... Unfortunately my hopes of that aren't very high, though.

Tauzin is a friend of the industry (5, Informative)

Motherfucking Shit (636021) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313238)

If you're not familiar with Tauzin, just check out his top [opensecrets.org] contributors [opensecrets.org] . Which industry gave more to his 2000 campaign than any other? "TV/Movies/Music." Your hopes are dashed, I'm afraid.

BTW, is it just me or does every story submitted by "The Importance of" wind up on the front page :)

Re:Tauzin is a friend of the industry (1)

KC7GR (473279) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313944)

Tauzin was also co-sponsor (or was it co-author?) of an utterly spineless anti-spam bill some years ago. Fortunately, the thing died stillborn. It would pretty much have legitimized spamming.

This guy is no friend of the consumer, as others have already pointed out.

Re:Tauzin is a friend of the industry (0, Offtopic)

Man of E (531031) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314547)

Motherfucking Shit wrote: BTW, is it just me or does every story submitted by "The Importance of" wind up on the front page :)

Dear Motherfucking Shit:

Unfortunately your username is not family-friendly enough to be on the Slashdot front page. Otherwise it would trigger Google's SafeSearch filter, and then where would we be? The site would be flooded by perverts and scat-fetishists instead of the erudite intelligentsia that is the current Slashdot audience! I recommend you get a username less offensive to the sensibilities of the educated.

In other words, yes, it's just you, you piece of motherfucking shit!

Best,
- The Editor

Re:Tauzin is a friend of the industry (1)

rock_climbing_guy (630276) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314587)

Interesting discussion. I must add that almost all politicians get donations from a large variety of industry groups. It's just how politics is.

Re:Billy Tauzin? (5, Interesting)

Read Icculus (606527) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313435)

Ever heard of Tauzin-Dingell? He co-sponsored that bill, one that would allow the Bells to provide broadband over their networks in a monopoly-like fashion.

He favors DRM and other similar schemes.

His voting record on issues pertaining to the revocation of our rights is troubling - ACLU voting guide [aclu.org]

He used to be a Democrat, then he switched to the Republican party.

I've seen the guy on C-SPAN, CNN, FAUX, etc. for years. Other than his attempts to act as if he knows what's going on in the "tech" world he is just another sleazy politician. The same garbage debate tactics and fallacies that almost all of his kind use.

FAUX? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313610)

I find it stupid that you would discriminate against FOX versus CNN or any other media outlet. Frankly, I'd rather watch FOX because at least I know their biases. With everyone else, you can't be sure.

There is no objective media. Think of all those quirky eccentric people studying journalism in college. They're all grown up and controlling the proles now.

Re:FAUX? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313754)

Your only basis for selection is whether or not they wear their bias on their sleeves in an attempt to woo people like you into a false sense of security?

Re:FAUX? (1)

LtOcelot (154499) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313765)

Think of all those quirky eccentric people studying journalism in college. They're all grown up and controlling the proles now.

Remember, he who has the gold makes the rules. Determining the politics of a news organization by studying the journalists is like determining the politics of General Motors by studying the United Auto Workers.

Re:FAUX? (0)

Read Icculus (606527) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313802)

I watch FOX (must not mis-spell word to keep you from bitching and forming opinions on my personal politics) every now and then. I probably absorb a "good" 10 or so minutes of it every day. I watch and read all the kinds of news that I can. My own observation is that FOX is utterly disgusting in almost all ways. Not that any other mainstream corporate news channel is much better, but as you said, "I know their biases".

In other words they are so openly biased that we all know their position, at least any of us who are not blinded by claims of "no spin-zone" and "fair and balanced". It is precisely those claims that I have the biggest problem with. They attempt to portray themselves as paragons of journalistic integrity, forget anything else that is terribly wrong about them, that attempt alone is enough for me to *almost* dismiss them outright.

I remember during "Operation Iraqi Freedom" when the first reports of possible WMD came in FOX was the only channel to plaster "Chemical Weapons Found in Iraq" across the bottom of the screen. There are numerous examples of other outright yellow-journalism from FOX. The term "FAUX" is simply an acknowledgement of how insane their entire channel is. All the way from Fox and Friends in the morning to freakin Geraldo. The channel is a joke, so I will refer to it jokingly if I feel like it.

With everyone else, you can't be sure


I find the BBC to be fairly objective. They report on the Israel/Palestine issue about as straight as they can and then get accused of being anti-semitic because it's not flattering to Israel. Add in Reuters, the AP, the internet and all the major "News" networks and I feel that I can get a good view of the day's issues. I don't just watch one clearly-biased network and imagine that since I know the network's biases I am properly informed. I watch it all and if I feel that a media outlet is doing a disservice to the truth then I will call a spade a spade and use a perhaps-funny version of their name to ridicule them.

Hearst's papers were garbage too, but if I were alive back then I should just grin and bear it since I know his biases. Don't dare call it yellow-journalism, that's stupid discrimination.

Re:FAUX? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7315722)

Great use of the overrated mod. At least have the balls to mod it offtopic and let it go to m2.

Re:Billy Tauzin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7314345)

He co-sponsored that bill, one that would allow the Bells to provide broadband over their networks in a monopoly-like fashion.
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! GASP

Re:Billy Tauzin? (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314573)

"He favors DRM and other similar schemes."

Man, that read just like those stupid commercials they show on TV whenever there's an election.

"He drinks the blood of babies..."

Re:Tauzin is in the pocket of MPAA already (1)

gorbachev (512743) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313686)

His move to head the MPAA would just be making it official.

Proletariat of the world, unite to kill corrupt politicians

correction (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313753)

It is official. This move just makes it public and allows them to put their money directly into his pocket.

Good!! (3, Funny)

moehoward (668736) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313217)

I, for one, welcome our new media overlord.

With the entertainment industry firmly entwined with the political structure, what can possible go wrong?

Re:Good!! (1)

panurge (573432) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313290)

I'm visiting Italy next week, do you want me to report back? At least Mussolini is supposed to have made the trains run on time, whereas by all reports Berlusconi hasn't managed that.

Re:Good!! (1)

Ojamin (455410) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313664)

I was in Rome durring the election, (in the Hotel next to one of his compounds) and even though he may own the Cable networks, the other parties were all out and about all over the city, promoting their own candidates, hell I saw more about Mofa then him.

Is Hilary Rosen asking for it or what? (2, Funny)

Bake (2609) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313219)

I could have egg on my face in a couple weeks

Sounds like an open invitation to me! :-)

Re:Is Hilary Rosen asking for it or what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313231)

"I could have egg on my face in a couple weeks"

Or a pearl necklace.

*fap*fap*fap*

Re:Is Hilary Rosen asking for it or what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313252)

Or cum on her face?

Re:Is Hilary Rosen asking for it or what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313745)

Actually, I would prefer live ebola cultures and intravenous HIV injects. Then we would crucify her in a public place and watch her rot. It would be an artistic expression. She'd be all for it. She loves art, she works day in and out to protect it, right?

Re:Is Hilary Rosen asking for it or what? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7314069)

I hope that you were trying to be stupid or perhaps trying to be meta-funny in some strange way by posting that. If not WTF do you think the guy meant by "string of pearls" *fap*fap*fap* (jerking off sounds). Nothing spoils a joke, (even a lame, crude one), quite like an idiot like you crapping things up. You are truly a waste of space. Please expire at the earliest available chance to do so.

Re:Is Hilary Rosen asking for it or what? (1)

ctrl-alt-elite (679492) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314128)

So is egging celebrities the new pieing [bitstorm.org] ?

No surprise, Tauzin has taken this much money .... (5, Insightful)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313227)

from the Entertainment industry.
In 2004, (so far) 10,400 [opensecrets.org] dollars.

In 2002 He took just over 99,000 [opensecrets.org] dollars

Looks to me like he's working for them already...or more accurately has been bought.

Re:No surprise, Tauzin has taken this much money . (4, Informative)

Mod Me God (686647) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313271)

If he's working for them, he's not giving them much time on your methodology given:

1 Health Professionals $89,500
2 Electric Utilities $59,283
3 Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $39,000
4 Oil & Gas $22,530
5 Retail Sales $19,500
6 Telecom Services & Equipment $13,500
7 Securities & Investment $11,500
8 TV/Movies/Music $10,500

His funding bias has shifted from TV//Movies/Music in 2000 far in favour to utilities/health/pharma (in 2002 also)... which is interesting.

Re:No surprise, Tauzin has taken this much money . (0, Offtopic)

dolo666 (195584) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313289)

Jeepers creepers. I did fundraising for a political party in Ontario, and this appears to be similar in many aspects to political financing, except our riding didn't do as good as Tauzin.

Hmmm. Maybe I should start a cause. (SRAE : Slashdot Regulation Association of Earth : battles internet abuse of time wasted on the internet posting to sites like slashdot... the right wing would eat it up and I could spend all my time posting at /.)

Then I could fundraise! tee hee

Re:No surprise, Tauzin has taken this much money . (4, Informative)

Motherfucking Shit (636021) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313307)

His funding bias has shifted from TV//Movies/Music in 2000 far in favour to utilities/health/pharma (in 2002 also)... which is interesting.
His funding might not show it, but he's definitely cozy with the media types.

Tauzin proposed a bill requiring all TV broadcasters to switch to 100% digital signals [slashdot.org] with copy protection, just over a year ago.

In July 2002, Billy and his friend Fritz Disney Hollings urged the FCC commissioner to "mandate the implementation of the Broadcast Flag [slashdot.org] under FCC rules" - which according to a story here just days ago is pretty much a done deal [slashdot.org] .

The financial support (on the books) may have quit in 2000, but he's still been busy trying to get digital TV, broadcast flags, and copy protection forced down consumers'^W our throats. Looks like the MPAA is finally rewarding him for his efforts...

Re:No surprise, Tauzin has taken this much money . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313503)

What's that warrant all about? Looked at it, doing sat hacks?

Re:No surprise, Tauzin has taken this much money . (2, Insightful)

Wellspring (111524) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313657)

Those are pretty minor contributions so far. Look, let's be realistic about the way it works. If you have some agenda to make a politician look like a crook, sure you'll say he's been bought. But that isn't true, and let's be fair (it will help your cause more, too).

If a tech-friendly candidate (say, Sonny Perdue of Georgia, who just withdrew GA DMV records from MATRIX) was running for office, and you contributed to him, have you 'bought' him? No, you've donated to help a candidate win who you know will help you. The same way that your donation to EFF will help defend fair use exemptions in copyright law. You're not buying their opinion, you're helping them because you two are trying to accomplish the same thing.

This has a practical implication, too. If we pretend to ourselves that MPAA friendly leaders like Sen Feinstein and Rep Tauzin are only 'doing it for the money', it might make us feel better, but won't be helpful. There are genuine principles being held by the IP holders.

Unless we can understand and address their concerns, and show how other principles override, we're in a shouting match. One we won't win. The people who vote based on this issue, for the most part, are people whose jobs are at stake. There are far more IP consumers than producers, but for consumers, it's not a compelling, overriding issue the way national security or the economy is.

Re:No surprise, Tauzin has taken this much money . (1)

Valar (167606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314217)

It is interesting that when you look at the full list of numbers, there are tons of industries that have payed him even more (the oil industry? *gasp* not in louisiana-- never! :)). True, it is kind of worrying that anyone that accepts any outside money is put in charge of anything, but there are two things to consider about that: a) no one accepts funding from any industry, only the rich can afford to run for office, b) How many other people have been payed off by the entertainment industry? If these are somewhat typical contributions on the part of the MPAA, then we might have lost the game...

It isn't like it is the MPAA's job to pick someone that will fairly consider both sides of the issue.

Quick! (5, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313229)

Stake him, cut out his heart, and burn it. Cut off his head, stuff that with garlic, bury him at a crossroads and mix up his socks!

Wait .. everything we know about vampires is from Hollywood movies .. we are so screwed!

Re:Quick! (1)

kaybi (261428) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313530)

Having a vampyre as a roomate once has educated me in the habits and vulnerabilities (and erotic techniques) of these life energy consumers.

Unfortunately this particular person is not a vampyre, but a common congresscritter.

A dagger in the heart or a nail in the ear would take care of Tauzin.

Burn the body.

Re:Quick! (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7315051)

.. would take care of Tauzin. Tauzin? He's just a Renfrew. I'm talking about Vampire Jack V. himself. You don't think he's really going to let go and slink away, do you?

Freakazoid (1)

dq5 studios (682179) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313235)

He was my favorite Freakazoid guest-star and thats how I'll always remeber him. "Just look at my cheeks."

On the new guy... (3, Informative)

c_oflynn (649487) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313241)

There is an article on him here [eweek.com] .

Looks promising!:
"The defining difference between Billy Tauzin and [former chairman] Tom Bliley is a preference for change vs. a preference for the status quo," says Jeffrey Eisenach

Re:On the new guy... (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313368)

Tauzin was a force behind the massive and convoluted 1996 Telecommunications Act that aspired to bring competition to local phone service and promulgate new, high-tech services, including high-definition television.

If only he'd bring competition to the movie industry and promulgate new, high-tech services (iFlicks?). That would be nice.

-- Dr. Eldarion --

Re:On the new guy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313480)

Doofus. Did you just do a google search for "tauzin" and post the first positive piece of crap you could find? It's not even really positive, they try to show that he sponsored a bill to promote "change" (the deregulation bill that allowed Clear Channel and FOX News to grow into even bigger corps - way to change things Billy) and they admit that it was "mostly" a failure. That bill is what made this whole recent FCC debacle (Rupert and his machinations) possible. The guy is a corporate whore - research... don't read one article from over 2 years ago and say "looks promising!" At least the mods fell for it.

Re:On the new guy... (1)

bloodrose (87474) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313533)

Promising in some regards, but I just like many are far to cynical of politicians to hold much hope. You know my type, the kind that say the only trustworthy politician is an unemployed politician, and even then watch your wallet.
This article [hillnews.com] I read on HillNews.com seemed to make light of the 'favored' unspoken activity of politicians, but I think in all honesty that will be a stopper for any promise we could see. Of course this also dips into that fact, Tauzin is a politician, bound loosely to the Conservative views of his Political Affiliation, which in and of itself, would definatly slow progress in the technological direction, and speed it in the legal direction.
Of course this is assuming he is even made an offer. At the point of that article the MPAA had made a statement stating that no offer or even discussion had even started.

Poor Howie Berman (1)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313242)

He offers legislation to allow the MPAA and RIAA to do DDoS attacks on filesharing computers, and that Republican Bastard(tm) Tauzin gets the nice high-paying gig.

New faces, same crap as before. Next?

Re:Poor Howie Berman (1)

muffen (321442) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313404)

...to do DDoS attacks on filesharing computers

We should DDoS them back. Let's post a story about it on slashdot, so they get slashdotted.

Tauzin is a GREAT choice (4, Insightful)

frankie (91710) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313284)

Billy Tauzin is ALREADY a lobbyist shill for big media and telecom. Moving him from Congress to MPAA would mean that 1: he doesn't get to legislate (at least not directly) any more, and 2: he doesn't get paid by my taxes any more.

p.s. Reason #3 to hate Congressman Tauzin: sponsored "anti-spam" legislation that was ghost-written by the DMA.

Re:Tauzin is a GREAT choice (1)

mindriot (96208) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313644)

Hmm, he doesn't get paid by your taxes... but potentially by your movie theater expenses.

Re:Tauzin is a GREAT choice (1)

Doom Ihl' Varia (315338) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314394)

Not going to the movies is a lot easier than not paying taxes. Those IRS guys can be scary.

Not surprising in the least. (4, Insightful)

thesolo (131008) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313317)

Billy Tauzin has been securely in the hands of the MPAA for years now, so this doesn't come as a huge surprise. At least now he won't be around to pass terrible bills [slashdot.org] any longer!

For those that don't remember, the link above is referring to the Tauzin-Dingell bill, which was the infamous bill to allow companies like Verizon to prevent sharing their lines with other companies offering DSL, like Covad, etc.

I'm more than happy to see Billy Tauzin leave as a congressman, but I have no doubts that the tactics currently employed by the MPAA won't change with Valenti leaving.

Re:Not surprising in the least. (1)

seriv (698799) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313338)

He is going to have a hard time saying he wasn't in the hands of lobbyists ever!
-Seirv

Re:Not surprising in the least. (1)

Lysander Luddite (64349) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313366)

but what of his political influence? Its no surprise the MPAA woldn't pick somebody with no political influence.

Re:Not surprising in the least. (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313897)

"At least now he won't be around to pass terrible bills any longer!"

You're assuming he won't be able to hand-pick his successor.

Re:Not surprising in the least. (1)

thesolo (131008) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313953)

You're assuming he won't be able to hand-pick his successor.

Of course, you're absolutely correct. However, one would hope that any replacement of his would be properly elected. Of course, Tauzin himself was elected, so it's very possible that an elected replacement would be just as bad.

Conflict of interrest ? (2, Insightful)

aepervius (535155) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313319)

I do not follow US politic very much, but isn't there a conflict of interrest in between a politcian with an official function, and being the ehad of a firm, *and* proposing law which directly impact your firm ? If he become head of MPAA should not he give up every official place or position he might have ?

You think that's bad? Check this out! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313374)

In America the politicians are always just frontmen for large corporations. This is what American "democracy" is all about.

Still MPAA frontman at least doesn't get people killed...It's the mouthpeices for the "defense" industry that are really dangerous.

If you want to know more about American corporatism feel free to watch this documentary [informatio...house.info] . The intro sequence is in dutch but then it switches to english with subtitles. It's in realmedia, which kinda sucks, but just check it out anyways. It's worth watching if you want to know what American "democracy" is all about...

Re:Conflict of interrest ? (1)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313633)

I do not follow US politic very much, but isn't there a conflict of interrest in between a politcian with an official function, and being the ehad of a firm, *and* proposing law which directly impact your firm ?

Well he would of course be expected to resign from Congress to take this position. Being a congressional representative hasn't been a part time job in a long time (at least over a century). Acting as head of the MPAA is definitely a full time job for Jack Valenti... you just can't garner that much hatred by working 20 hours a week you know.

Re:Conflict of interrest ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313636)

It would be a clear conflict if he didn't leave congress. He will leave congress if he takes the MPAA job.

FWIW, aside from his media/telecom views, I tend to like the way he votes and I have been voting for him the last few times.

reign of terror (1)

seriv (698799) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313323)

One reign of terror is coming to an end, and a new one is about to begin.
-Seriv

Good bye Jack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313333)

Rot in hell you old fucken asshole... When you die, I plan to piss on your grave.... Piece of worthless shit...

This is a good thing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313337)

Current situation: Billy Tauzin might as well be head of the MPAA, except he's a legislator.

New situation: Billy Tauzin RETIRES FROM CONGRESS to become head of the MPAA, and Louisiana gets to elect a new representative who is hopefully more independent-minded.

Conflict of interest (Obvious) (1)

gr8_phk (621180) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313339)

But people keep saying he won't be able to pass any more nasty laws. Where does it say he's stepping down from his seat in Washington? Looks like a blatant coflict of interest to me.

moron corepirate nazi terrorist regime changes (-1, Offtopic)

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for each of the creator's innocents harmed, there is a badtoll that must/will be repaid by you/US, as the aforementioned perpetraitors of the life0cide against the planet/population, will not be available to make reparations.

get ready to see the light. there's no going back, & no where to hide.

Re:moron corepirate nazi terrorist regime changes (1)

Peter Simpson (112887) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313519)

You haven't been taking your medication, have you?

Billy Tauzin, Web Pioneer! (4, Funny)

Motherfucking Shit (636021) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313343)

I visited Tauzin's official House of Representatives website, at http://www.house.gov/tauzin/ [house.gov] . At the bottom is a Search button, with a select list to choose how many search results you want to receive. I decided to search for "MPAA" and see if he'd mentioned them in any of his recent press releases.

Unfortunately, I didn't get any results. Not because he's trying to hide anything, but because there's nowhere to enter a search term! The "Search" button is sitting there with no way to enter what you're searching for. Brilliant, if only Google had come up with this idea!

Thank you, Rep. Tauzin, for demonstrating your vast knowledge of the digital world. You should fit right in at the MPAA.

Re:Billy Tauzin, Web Pioneer! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313474)

Of course there is nowhere to enter a search term. Al gore invented the search button. Billy Tauzin is a republican.

Re:Billy Tauzin, Web Pioneer! (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314284)

Billy Tauzin was a Democrat when Al Gore was in the Senate and when he was first elected Vice President.

Re:Billy Tauzin, Web Pioneer! (1)

mericet (550554) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313553)

That's the The U.S. House of Representatives [house.gov] seach engine anyway.

Re:Billy Tauzin, Web Pioneer! (1)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313634)

If you look at the code, it looks like they left out a quotation mark. They do have an input box, but it's not displayed because of obvious fuck-up-ed-ness.

Re:Billy Tauzin, Web Pioneer! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313676)

What happened to the Magigod part? I remember you as Ieshan Magigod (or was it Magigog?).

Re:Billy Tauzin, Web Pioneer! (1)

evilmrhenry (542138) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313737)

Well, what he has there is missing a few characters. I copy-pasted the code to my computer, fixed the errors, then searched for MPAA. 0 results found. Same with RIAA.

Re:Billy Tauzin, Web Pioneer! (2, Informative)

damiena (263598) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314198)

He's using Google's MentalPlex [google.com] search technology. Come on, get with the times.

SFW? (1)

titzandkunt (623280) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313365)


Same old piss in a different bottle...

T&K.

The Boston Strangler can now sleep easy (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313372)

Time for the strangler to kick off his shoes and spend the weekend working through the zero day movies he got this week.

To quote The Who (2, Funny)

FearUncertaintyDoubt (578295) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313392)

"Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss"

Is this good or bad news? (0)

NoSuchGuy (308510) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313449)

Can someone tell me please?

NoSuchGuy

Is /. slowing down anyone's else computer??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313476)

Often, slashdot will slow my win xp computer to a crawl. I use the latest version of IE. Is anyone else having this problem??

Yes, only with dialup though (?) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313652)

My cable modem has been up and down lately, so I've been using dialup as a backup. I've noticed something unusual as a result... After browsing a few pages on Slashdot, IE will suddenly be using 100% CPU. It never happens on the main page, it's usually after I've loaded a story or two.

This does not occur when the cable connection is working. I can browse Slashdot for a solid hour on cable and not run into the excessive CPU usage issue. It's something to do with dialup and Slashdot. I presume that the Flash ads may be the culprit but I can't be sure.

Next time you find that Slashdot is slowing you down, do a Ctl-Shift-Esc and I bet you'll find that IE is eating up all available CPU. Dunno why, but I just wanted to reply and let you know that you aren't the only one.

100% CPU usage when downoading /. threads--yes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7313840)

That is EXACTLY what happens to me, too. 100% CPU usage. It is only /. of all the websites I visit that does this!

Government Involvement (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313482)

This is not what we need.

A governmental employee, responsible for legislation heading up a company that is bent on reducing peoples rights thru laws and law-suits.

There must be something to prevent this from taking place, from a legal angle, as it's a conflict of interest, with potential for fraud.

Even if he resigns his political position, he still has great lobbying power.

Too early to celebrate (1)

falcon5769 (718969) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313490)

This is only to get us looking the other direction. At least Valenti had the virtue of not being a NeoCon Repug but Tauzin is an industry friend and one of Bu$h's confidants. Watch the next few months for DVD rental profiling and geographic analysis of "pirated" films as a pretense for arrests under the DMCA.

Did anyone else.... (3, Funny)

CMiYC (6473) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313491)

... read "Tarzan" and think, "wow that's a great idea!" =)

Who replaces Billy? Orin Hatch! (1)

BanjoBob (686644) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313590)

Billy Tauzin had his voice in the house but if the over-lord of media becomes Orin Hatch, the internet as a media medium is in big trouble. Hatch has more media fingers in his pockets than anybody and he also things he's a music artist. We may find we're out of the pan and into the fire with this. Tauzin and Hatch making deals is just too scary of a thought.

My favorite Jack Valenti moment... (1)

DdJ (10790) | more than 10 years ago | (#7313760)

...is the episode of Frekazoid during which he (with his cheeks) explains the motion picture rating system. It also happens to be a 2-parter, the Freakazoid origin story, called "The Chip".

Interestingly, Jack Valenti actually voiced himself [imdb.com] in these episodes, so at that time (1995) he apparently still had a sense of humor.

dude is a geezer (1)

onomatomania (598947) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314040)

It's good that he's retiring. He hasn't been looking so good [mccullagh.org] recently [mccullagh.org] .

Re:dude is a geezer (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314806)

Most geeks don't even seem to realize just how long Jack Valenti has been in the government.

He was a pretty high ranking official in the Kennedy administration, and has had a longer life and a more lucrative political career since then, than anyone else who was in the motorcade. Geeks know the name because of his position at the MPAA. The don't seem to realize he's been in the government since before Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush Senior took their first polisci course.

To describe the career of someone like Valenti, is very similar to the description of a dictator. He should have retired 20 years ago.

I don't really believe that he should have taken a bullet in the motorcade, but I have to wonder if the entertainment industry has suffered with his hands on the reins.

I can't muster much sympathy. If I can still go to the bathroom by myself when I'm his age, I'll have exceeded expectations. Pretty much any time you go after age 80, I gotta say qualifies as a "Timely" death... And yes, if you ask ME at age 80, I'll say the same thing, but I'll be slightly bitter about it.

Alienating the Democrats? (1)

Galvatron (115029) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314234)

Could appointing a Reoublican harm the MPAA's relationship with the Democratic party? Given that most of California's legislators are Dems, that would be a big deal. Feinstein and Boxer, the two Senators, have been firmly in the motion picture industry's pocket as long as I can remember. At the moment, partisanship aside, NO party has been standing up to the MP/RIAA. I don't care which party it is, but I would really like to see some division between the parties on this issue.


On the other hand, I suppose the MPAA wouldn't do this if they thought there was any chance that it would make waves with their Democrat allies.

Re:Alienating the Democrats? (2, Insightful)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314274)

"Could appointing a Reoublican harm the MPAA's relationship with the Democratic party?"

He was a (typical Southern) Democrat when he was first elected. He switched parties in the middle of the 90's.

He's less a member of the Republican Party and more a member of the "Whichever Way the Wind Is Blowing" party.

Better than nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7314330)

This is a step in the right direction... but I'm still waiting for the day Valenti dies. When that happens, I'm going to throw the biggest goddamn party.

My only regret is that I will never get the chance to punch Jack in the face while screaming "Thank YOU for all the bullshit movies your industry has turned out, you damn bastard! Why would anyone want to steal crap? Tell me that! Give me back my movie ticket money, you bloodsucking thief!"

Yes, I have a deep and disturbing hatred for the man. The day he dies will be a day of celebration for all the people of the world.

Where's that guy who goes around hitting people in the face with cream pies? He got Billy Gates last year... He needs to get Valenti.

Not a good business man (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314561)

Welp, I grew a smile on my face when I read the headline. Wish I had something insightful to say, but I don't. The guy was heavily opinionated, and badly informed. He doesn't know that his customers aren't all thieves awaiting opportunity. He thinks they can't compete with free even though there are many MANY successful businesses out there doing just that, Starbucks to name one, Aquafina to name another. He once likened backing up a DVD to demanding a new lawn mower after wrecking the first. He didn't understand the concept that a backup copy costs the original producer of the content absolutely 0. I remember when cornered about the use of encryption, he said something to the effect of "nobody'd be against the oil companies putting a new lock on their tanks if everybody had a copy of the key." Guess he doesn't realize that despite the fact that people steal gas from a gas station, it hasn't been enough to make gas stations 'secure' with guard arms and spikes in the ground. Oh, and the absolute most amusing thing, was his take on VCRs. Yep, those machines would turn everybody into a pirate.

So yes, I'm glad he's gone. He's a figurehead for the industry with a loud voice, but little reason to back it up. Assuming that his replacement isn't a clone exactly 1/8th his size, I'm hoping we're in for better times ahead. I, for one, would like to be treated like a paying customer and not a thief in training.

just had lunch w/ a lobbyist who knows Tauzin (1)

sbma44 (694130) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314615)

he (family friend) said this rumor has been floating around the hill for months. So, nothing has actually occurred here, but it does sound like Billy is the man on deck for when Valenti steps down.

LPFM Killer (0)

User0x45 (530857) | more than 10 years ago | (#7314739)

Rep. Tauzin has been the long hard tireless killer of low-powered FM radio. His communication commitee directly interviened to kill the US senate's McCain LPFM act of 2001.

It seems he shilled for the NAB (National association of Broadcaster) as much as the recording industry. Could his leaving congress be good for LPFM?

well, Tauzin *said* his ass was for sale... (1)

alizard (107678) | more than 10 years ago | (#7315112)

And the MPAA arm of the Hollywood content cartel bought it.

This isn't good news for us, Tauzin's political experience is a couple of generations more recent.

This would be a real good time to have a real geek Political Action Committee running on our behalf.

How to fuck with the MPAAs head (1)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 10 years ago | (#7315369)

I just had a rare opportunity to fuck with the head of the MPAA.

I was sitting in my bathtub and the phone rang. It was a movie survey... they asked about close to 20 different films now out or soon to be released, to gauge my interest, and my friends', etc.

For every movie they asked about my likelyhood of seeing in a theater, I told them "I've already seen it - I downloaded it off the internet." Even for (especially for) the ones that haven't even hit theaters yet.

It was kind of funny after all of this when the guy got to the internet question and asked if I had net access. :P

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