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MPAA Names Dan Glickman To Replace Jack Valenti

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the mouthpiece-is-a-euphemism dept.

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Zordak writes "Fox News is reporting that the MPAA has chosen a new chief to replace Jack Valenti. Dan Glickman is an avid Linux user, a well-known consumer advocate, vehemently critical of the DMCA and a member of the EFF. Ha ha. Just kidding, Dave Barry style. Dan Glickman is actually a seasoned Washington politician, having served as a Kansas representative and agriculture secretary under President Clinton. He has previously been a lobbyist for the Walt Disney Corporation, and his son is the producer of such quality fare as 'Shanghai Knights' and 'Rush Hour.' Don't be looking for that 'approved' Linux DVD player soon."

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Guess what (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587174)

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You fucking failure. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587400)

It just shows up as a bunch of boxes (non-printable characters) for me. I've deleted the spaces that Slashshit puts in it, too. Try that again, and this time get it right!

Try this [platon.co.jp] . Too bad it discards the lower portion of the characters.

ha ha (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587177)

not funny, damn geeks. get a sense of humour why dont you
and third ps0t

Re:ha ha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587216)

You know you're a loser when you fail a THIRD post.

Dumbass.

Re:ha ha (0, Offtopic)

Wizzy Wig (618399) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587280)

" You know you're a loser when you fail a THIRD post."

Good on 'em... their loser-ness not only got me bumped up to first post, but got me modded up a point by making me look like a bloody genius in comparison. (Woulda made first post quite by accident had I been logged in when I hit the reply button).

Meet the new boss... (5, Insightful)

Wizzy Wig (618399) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587179)

same as the old boss.

I Work At USDA, And That Ain't Necessarily So. (5, Interesting)

saudadelinux (574392) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587414)

I work at USDA, and was here during Glickman's time. He's a pretty regular guy.

If he saw you in the hall, he'd say hi. He mostly ate in the regular employee cafeterias, instead of the Secretary's Dining Room (which has pretty the same food, but also wood paneling and table service).

His official portrait on the Patio (just past the Visitor's Center, if you come in the Whitten Building) shows him standing behind his chair, jacket on the back of the chair, with a kind of sarcastic look on his face. All the others have the usual standing-there-button-up-jacket sort.

When 50 black farmers demonstrated in front of Clinton's White House for better treatment from USDA, Bill called Dan, and Dan put together the Civil Rights Action Team [govexec.com] (CRAT). This team made 92 recommendations to ameliorate the problem, and they were put into place by the Civil Rights Implementation Team (CRIT).

Glickman gave his full backing to this effort, which, frankly, was resisted in some of the USDA agencies cited in the CRAT Report

He always struck me as a pretty fair, stand-up kind of guy, so it wouldn't surprise me if well-reasoned, non-hostile Linux advocacy were presented to him, a major victory could be won.

Re:Meet the new boss... (2, Interesting)

plj (673710) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587423)

Well, I'm not an U.S. citizen so I do not vote there, have never even visited there, know that DMCA is not really a democrat v. republican issue (and that Clinton signed it into law), and that this guy is from copyright/DRM enforcement point of view probably as bad kind of asshole as Valenti ever was.

But that said, I'm still always kind a way happy when I'll hear, that some elected/chosen person somewhere in the States was a democrat instead of a republican; every republican happens to get connected into Reagan/Bush -style administrations in my mind, and I think every rep. president of the U.S. at least after T.R. has somehow sucked - save perhaps Eisenhower, who wasn't even a politican in the first place - comparing to democrat ones.

Perhaps it is just, because I'm a foreigner; for me, the republicans always seem to have been those, who seem to have forgotten that U.S. != World. Lately (during Bush admin at least) they also seem to have been those, who do not care anything about the greed of megacorps (or who even run them by themselves).

Re:Meet the new boss... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587480)

Mind explaining exactly what your anti-republican rant has to do with anything?

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587180)

FRIST PSOT!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587206)

YOU FAIL IT!

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587263)

At least put some effort into it. I miss "Darth Failure", the "You fail it rebel scum!" always got a laugh out of me. Do something like "YOU FAIL IT, YOUR FAILURE HAS BEEN RATED 'YFI' BY THE MPAA" or something. A spartan 'YFI' post is boring.

Re:fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587327)

But so is a standard frost piss.

Re:fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587361)

That's a little bit different. Some of us sometimes do have a pre-defined FP in place (I did yesterday with my Mary-Kate Olsen/Ronald Reagan FP), but that's still a timing issue. Doing a YFI isn't quite so time intensive. Granted, both should have some creativity involved, but a YFI post should be held to a higher creative standard.

First post? (-1, Offtopic)

pens (184563) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587182)

yay I think i'm #1

Re:First post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587256)

its speelled "frist psot" yuo baka

Lobbiest (-1, Troll)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587186)

He has previously been a lobbyist for the Walt Disney Corporation

Is this the a**hole who convinced Bono to give us the Mickey Mouse Protection Act? If he is, I say we tar and feather him, then burn him at the stake.

Re:Lobbiest (1)

kensai (139597) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587215)

No no no.

First we hang'em, then we burn'em, then we shoot'em, then we kill'em.

Better idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587221)

How 'bout we hang 'im, burn him at the stake, THEN tar him. Then he'll become the tar baby and briar rabbit can get his foot stuck in him.

Oh, what sweet justice.

Re:Lobbiest (5, Funny)

Surak_Prime (160061) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587264)

Um, Sonny Bono, not Bono. Please don't confuse people who might think that our future Secretary General (when the world gets all cool and Bill and Ted's revolution comes) might have done something heinous like that!

Be Excellent To Each Other.

Re:Lobbiest (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587532)

Huh? I remember Bill and Ted, but I don't have a clue what you're talking about. IIRC, the guy they knew from the future was named "Rufus".

DVD Player (2, Informative)

margal (696859) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587190)

I thought there was already one...

Re:DVD Player (2, Informative)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587274)

It's called MPlayer [mplayerhq.hu] . /rimshot

Re:DVD Player (-1, Troll)

r00zky (622648) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587460)

I am George W. Bush and i approved this DVD player

Re:DVD Player (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587281)

There is already an "approved" Linux DVD player, but it is not available for purchase. In other words, it's vaporware. The name of the software in LinDVD.

There are several "unapproved" Linux DVD players, and it's unclear if approval is needed due to CSS losing its trade secret status and the key-guessing methods in libdvdcss (that is, outside the US--inside the US, you're screwed).

The REAL reason there will never be an "approved" Linux DVD player is market reality. In order to get approved, you need to cripple your player so that it observes regions (either that or jack the price) and allows unskippable commercials. Thus, to get approved, you need to make a worse product than what's already out there for Linux. Why would anyone buy crippleware if "approval" isn't really needed (legally needed in non-US, technically needed in US) in the first place?

Anti-piracy (4, Insightful)

Chitinid (635983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587192)

The MPAA and RIAA need to realize that they make many billions of dollars each year, even though they charge non-optimal prices for their content. If they charged less, I think they'd actually make more money. I hope this new guy realizes that the cost of the litigation against your average file-sharer is likely more than the gains against piracy. The key here is simple economics: more people would be able and willing to pay if music and movies cost less.

Re:Anti-piracy (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587217)

Actually, the MPAA seems to be doing quite fine with charging people exhorbant fees for DVDs. Amazingly enough, people keep paying them. Overall, I'd say the MPAA hasn't been doing *too* bad up until now. The biggest thing they've done to piss everyone off was the DeCSS fiasco.

Re:Anti-piracy (2, Insightful)

Chitinid (635983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587253)

As a simple economic matter of optimization, while they would make less per DVD, say, they would sell more DVDs overall, and make a greater profit. If the movie companies were to do so, not only would their customers be happier, but so would their shareholders. I suppose they're going for the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" way of doing business.

Re:Anti-piracy (1)

KevinKnSC (744603) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587293)

It's not necessarily true that lowering the prices would result in sufficiently increased sales to offset the losses from the price reduction. Don't you think that maybe, just maybe, they've considered this, and they don't think they'd get enough increased sales to make it worthwhile?

Re:Anti-piracy (1)

stuktongue (140376) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587347)

May I ask what your source of insight into this is? I'm not criticizing your reasoning per se, I'm just curious as to whether there exists some study that would indicate that they're on a sub-optimal part of the supply-demand/price-profit curve.

Re:Anti-piracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587372)

I don't understand all that mumbo jumbo, alright. All I know is that I payed way too much for the last 20 cd's that I bought!

Re:Anti-piracy (1)

Chitinid (635983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587392)

Exactly. I can't say I really have any economic data to back this up, but there's much empirical data to be had. Ask your friends. Do they think music CDs are too expensive? Most of mine do. Personally, I think $20 is too much to pay for a DVD. If it were $15 or $10 I'd be a lot more likely to buy the DVD. And so it is with a lot of people. True, many just tolerate the prices, but even more don't, in my experience.

Re:Anti-piracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587426)

The plural of anecdote is not data.

Re:Anti-piracy (2, Interesting)

eliza_effect (715148) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587462)

Well, I think part of the issue is where you buy the DVDs. I've become spoiled, I think, from buying DVDs at Fry's Electronics. You can get DVDs the are less than two months old for $15. They have "classics" for less than $10, regularly. Fry's has single-handedly increased my DVD collection by 50%. But I've seen this same pricing model at Target, and I'm willing to bet that places like Costco follow it as well.

Re:Anti-piracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587385)

As a simple economic matter of optimization, while they would make less per DVD, say, they would sell more DVDs overall, and make a greater profit.
To make this calculation, you would first have to know the price elasticity of demand [digitaleconomist.com] of DVDs.

Re:Anti-piracy (1)

Chitinid (635983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587406)

Or you could have common sense. Economics is great, but in the real world you don't always have such nice data available.

Re:Anti-piracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587441)

Uhm, note to self -- never ever under any circumstances hire the parent for a management position. ;-)

Re:Anti-piracy (1)

Chitinid (635983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587481)

If I actually ran a movie company, of course I'd have the studies done to see what the elasticity of demand is. More directly, you can do studies to determine demand itself. My comments consist of an educated guess on my part. The hostility towards the MPAA and RIAA should tell them that their litigation is likely losing them business, in any case.

Re:Anti-piracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587542)

If I actually ran a movie company, of course I'd have the studies done to see what the elasticity of demand is. More directly, you can do studies to determine demand itself. My comments consist of an educated guess on my part.
Have you considered the possibility that they already have? And that the results may not coincide with your guesses?

Re:Anti-piracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587464)

> Or you could have common sense. Economics is great, but in the real world you don't always have such nice data available.

If prices were cut in half, would the total market demand double? Maybe you would buy more than twice what you buy now, but I wouldn't. How can you draw conclusions about total market demand with "common sense"?

Replace? (5, Interesting)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587198)

This new guy might be taking the job of Jack Valenti but I ask you who could possibly ever hope to "take the place" of good ol' Jack?

"What is fair use? Fair use is not a law. There's nothing in law." [google.com]

GMD

Re:Replace? (1)

cK-Gunslinger (443452) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587337)


His wiki entry has a few more choice quotes:

Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]

I actually read the EW article (waiting to get haircut or something) where he made the quote about $75,000-$100,000 being "not much to live on." Talk about being out of touch with reality!

Re:Replace? (1, Flamebait)

Snarph (596331) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587461)

Are you being sarcastic?

I hate to defend Jack "the Ripper" Valenti, but he's right. For anyone living in an urban area of California, that isn't much to live on. If that was your sole income you could forget about buying a house in my town (Walnut Creek). I'm sure quite a few towns in Southern California are pretty much the same.

Pick a different quote to make fun of -- he's got plenty.

Re:Replace? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587517)

Wikipedia can be changed by anyone! Go back to the article, click the "edit this page" link and remove the quote yourself, justifying your reasons.

Re:Replace? (1)

eliza_effect (715148) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587520)

I live in San Francisco, and it's very possible (MOST people do it!) to live on less than $75,000.

Respect to MPAA (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587201)

I am going to respect change in the MPAA by changing my downloaded bittorrent movies from...

Movies Downloaded
to
Downloaded Movies

Oh, crap... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587205)

I thought he's really an avid Linux user, and I almost believed it, before I realized that it was a joke.

/.'ed already? (1)

Spaceman40 (565797) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587209)

I mean, come on, this is FOX. They should have some power back there, right? Geez.

Guess what part 2. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587220)

Fixed [platon.co.jp]

OH NOES!!!11~`` (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587228)

The evil MPAA!!!! Oh by the way Slashbots, how many of you are dying to see Spiderman 2? How many of you are also clamoring against the MPAA? Chew throughly before you choke on your hypocracy.

Well that's a new one (4, Funny)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587236)

Huh... I've heard Satan, Lucifer, Old Serphant, Mephistopheles, The Lord of the Flies, Samael, Old Scratch, the King of Lies, Iblis, Mastema and Beelzebub, but Dan Glickman is a new one by me.

Guess you learn something new every day...

Re:Well that's a new one (1)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587369)

Why, for shame, you forgot Cthulhu.

Re:Well that's a new one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587469)

Wow, you really seem to have a problem with the guy. Tell me, you clever one who, what you know about the man? Or were you just fishing for points?

Give him a chance to piss you off, and he probably will... but you're certainly getting ahead of yourself, snidely.

Glickman's a straight shooter. (0, Troll)

glrotate (300695) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587513)

As a Kansan Glickman made his reputation by being honest, dull and hardworking. How else does a Democrat Jew get elected by a bunch rightwing Kansan farmers?

Dan Glickman (5, Funny)

theJerk242 (778433) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587237)

Dan Glickman is an avid Linux user, a well-known consumer advocate, vehemently critical of the DMCA and a member of the EFF. Ha ha. Just kidding, Dave Barry style.

How can you play with my emotions like that, you insensitive clod?

Maybe, maybe not. (4, Insightful)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587247)


You know, paying lip-service to the demands of your 'enemies' (hey! they're not going to see us as friends) is a time-honoured "solution" to a sticky problem. So if the MPAA comes out with 'Linux users can be legitimate users if they do X, Y, and Z", even if this only applies to Linux *vendors* , they could claim a certain amount of brownie points in a courtroom.

"They refused the compromise we offered", "They steal (sic) our IP", "We demand the death penalty", (with the exception of the latter, at least I hope) these are reasonable "court" arguments. Consider the case of the clueless judge (sorry your honour, but it's a fact that most of your kin aren't technically aware), the "industry expert" (read: paid shill), the "compromise offer", and the cold hard law.The 'rock and a hard place' doesn't come into it. Yes I'm aware I'm mixing my metaphors, it's late :-)

Let's hope they continue to deny us a 'reasonable' way of doing what we want - at least then we have a reasonable argument that they're being unreasonable. This is more important than most realise, I think....

Simon.

Re:Maybe, maybe not. (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587515)

for $5 (which is really reasonable) you can get a legal, mostly open source DVD player for linux. here [linspire.com] . The fact that linux users won't buy software is another thing.

Biography (4, Informative)

jm92956n (758515) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587251)

There's a very informative biography on him here [usda.gov] .

Re:Biography (1)

mdvlspwn99 (172473) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587378)

When I see USDA, I think of beef. Dan Glickman will now forever be associated with beef in my mind. Or mad cow...

Oh, I dunno about that... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587278)

Don't be looking for that 'approved' Linux DVD player soon."

Maybe it would just be easier to brainwash him... considering the subject, only a light rinse may be needed.

GET YOUR APPROVED DVD PLAYER HERE! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587404)

Only $4.95! [linspire.com]

Re:GET YOUR APPROVED DVD PLAYER HERE! (1)

nkh (750837) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587457)

Linspire claims that installing a DVD player is an expensive, tricky, and complicated process because of the commercial license!?!
And what about the Xine license (GPL or LGPL)? Should Linspire give for free the source code to their clients?

well well well (1)

Szentigrade (790685) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587279)

I can see why he got the job. Hes got connections in hollywood...

And with the Democrats! (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587394)

Should payoff big if the democrats control congress or the presidency.

a Jew replacing a Wop (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587282)

Another step backward.

Those Jews are real money grubbers though. The RIAA likes Jews because kikes know how to squeeze the pennies out of innocent people. Only a Jew can squeeze blood from a turnip.

Jackie Chan? (0, Offtopic)

Penguinshit (591885) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587285)


Come on.. lay off Jackie Chan.. those movies were pretty funny (especially Rush Hour).

Jackie Chan kicks ass (literally). And he has the balls to do his own stunts (and get injured doing them).

Re:Jackie Chan? (0, Flamebait)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587354)

Nope, he sucks.

Re:Jackie Chan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587447)

what a lovely, off-topic, troll.

have fun in minus-one-ville, its where youre headed. buh bye karma.

he's a good lobbyist (3, Insightful)

pedantic bore (740196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587287)

Well, what did you expect?

It looks like this guy knows how to lobby very effectively. The MPAA is an organization whose primary purpose is to lobby for the interests of the motion picture industry. Were you really expecting someone who would take things in a new direction? (he was probably hired based on his ability to keep things the way they are!)

The only thing that's surprising to me is that he doesn't seem to have much connection to the industry. I would have expected an insider to be promoted instead of someone being hired in.

Re:he's a good lobbyist (1)

Bingo Foo (179380) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587365)

It looks like this guy knows how to lobby very effectively.

Why, yes. In fact, according to a previous poster he's the "Lobbiest" [slashdot.org] lobbyist.

Timothy Leary's secrets rediscovered? ;-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587308)

the MPAA has chosen a new chief to replace Jack Valenti
... an avid Linux user, a well-known consumer advocate, vehemently critical of the DMCA and a member of the EFF.

Whatever you'd just been smoking before coming up with this line ;-), can you let us know what it is - and where there's more of it? (SCNR:-))

Wha...?! (5, Funny)

Caraig (186934) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587318)

Dan Glickman is an avid Linux user, a well-known consumer advocate, vehemently critical of the DMCA and a member of the EFF. Ha ha. Just kidding, Dave Barry style.
Urge... to kill... rising....

Re:Wha...?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587364)

All work and no play makes Caraig a dull boy.

("Hmm...the blood usually gets out on the second floor.")

Dan Glickman can suck my left nut (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587342)

and then suck the shit out of my ass. Damn i'm horny now I need to go relieve myself in the bathroom - excuse me while I beat the one eyed monster down.

last time I checked... (4, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587343)

Don't be looking for that 'approved' Linux DVD player soon."

I'm sorry, but I just really have a pet peeve for geeks who don't show the slightest business-world saavy.

First off, there ARE approved DVD players running Linux, if I'm not mistaken.

Second, if by "approved" you mean "MPlayer will have the little DVD industry logo", change "not soon" to "never". There are royalties involved, and that's never going to change. The DVD consortium cares about profits from the royalties first and pleasing the movie industry second (what's the movie industry gonna do, go to another format? Stop releasing DVD disks? Uh huh).

"Supporting open source, non-royalty-paying, market-share-stealing-from-royalty-paying-players, pirates-movies-easy-as-1-2-3, bypasses-our-forced-previews-and-FBI warnings software" has never been on anyone's(manufacturers, DVD standard consortium, movie industry, MPAA) list, and if you even suggested it, you'd be blown out of the room by the severe laughing fit that resulted.

Between gasps for air, grabbing their sides, and wiping their tears, they'd say, "oh look, he's so naive, isn't that just the cutest thing in the world".

Re:last time I checked... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587429)

Okay, here's some background to catch you up on things (you've clearly been on vacation for a while).

1) Watching a DVD in the United States is ILLEGAL, unless you're using an approved player. Fines and jail time. Not enforced, but it's the law, and it makes people skittish. I find that skittishness reasonable.
2) There is one approved DVD player for Linux, called LinDVD. It's been available for years, except nobody has ever managed to get a copy of it. It's vaporware. Seriously--try to buy this software and see how far you get.
3) All other DVD players work great, but are not approved, and therefore the use of these players in the United States is a criminal act.

I personally don't give a crap and take the "no cop, no stop" approach to the DMCA. I'll watch my movies on my computer until they start arresting people for it. Then I'll stop and move to Canada.

Wrong! There is another approved player for Linux! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587443)

Re:Wrong! There is another approved player for Lin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587529)

Things I like about Slashdot:

"Loser" is officially considered a typo (missing the extra "o").
Whenever the vi-EMACS debate is brought up as a joke, it actually re-starts the debate.
A person can make 3 points, and even number them, and a responder can just say "Wrong!" as if all 3 points were invalid, when actually just one was.

Re:last time I checked... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587509)

DVD Consortium licensing fees only pay their operational costs. There are some IP royalties which go to specific companies but that is separate.

the DVD consortiums please equally the consumer electronics industry, IT industry, and Content industies. There are more interested parties than just the movie studios.

A summary of his Ag tenure... (4, Informative)

Einer2 (665985) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587359)

...can be found at the USDA website. [usda.gov] It's a little dated, but it has an interesting excerpt:

Under Glickman's leadership, USDA has restructured and modernized its enormous, decentralized field office structure, helping cut administrative and overhead costs by about $4 billion. He also has taken a strong, personal interest in civil rights. The Department has recently reviewed its civil rights practices for the first time and has dramatically improved its commitment to fairness and equality, in both treatment of its employees and execution of its programs. At Glickman's direction, the Department settled one of the largest civil rights class action suits filed against the U.S. Government.

Unfortunately, I didn't get interested in local politics until nearly the end of his term in office, so I can't say too much about his political leanings...

Meet the Man (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587366)

Here he is... [theconnection.org]

Damn! (5, Funny)

JuliusRV (742529) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587367)

Dan Glickman is an avid Linux user, a well-known consumer advocate, vehemently critical of the DMCA and a member of the EFF.

When I read that sentence, all of a sudden my heart opened up and I was filled with joy and happiness! I felt incredibly warm and fuzzy all over!
The next sentence almost killed me :-(

How insensitive and cruel some people can be!

There is a approved player, and it is dirt cheap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587374)

Re:There is a approved player, and it is dirt chea (1)

base3 (539820) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587425)

$39.95 is dirt cheap?!

Wrong! Its only $4.95, read the page properly! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587432)

conflict of interest (4, Insightful)

Kallahar (227430) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587379)

Doesn't this seem like a huge conflict of interest? I realize that there's no laws against it, but wouldn't the other MPAA members worry that this guy's kid works for only one of the member companies?

I'm only 17... (1)

john_sheu (755802) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587380)

Zordak writes "Fox News is reporting that the MPAA has chosen a new chief to replace Jack Valenti. Dan Glickman is an avid Linux user, a well-known consumer advocate, vehemently critical of the DMCA and a member of the EFF. Ha ha. Just kidding, Dave Barry style.

Damn you, almost gave me a heart attack!

Ask Slashdot? (5, Insightful)

Spaceman40 (565797) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587398)

Anybody think we can get an interview/Q&A session with this guy? If we can let him know a little more about our position (was it the journalist from MIT that interviewed Valenti?), maybe we can avoid an out-and-out war, and let him know we really care about this stuff...

Jew from Kansas (0, Troll)

glrotate (300695) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587433)

As a Kansan I always thought it was funny that the Sec of Ag was a Jew from Kansas. Now things are moving closer to equilibrium as he's going to work in Hollywood.

The similarity is astounding (4, Funny)

jdkane (588293) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587454)


He [google.com] looks like Mr Burns. [google.com]

I dread the thought of "approved" Linux player (2, Insightful)

mi (197448) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587470)

Because it will be even harder to justify the use of any other player.

Re:I dread the thought of "approved" Linux player (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587482)

At least... (0, Flamebait)

hwestiii (11787) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587485)

...he's a Democrat.

I guess that should come as no surprise from Hollywood, but it is apparently getting harder and harder for Dems to work as lobbyist on Capital Hill these days. Mr. Delay has this thing about rigid party loyalty.

Hey, don't rag on Shanghai Knights (2, Interesting)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587505)

Shanghai Knights is probably the best (that is to say, least stupid) of all the films Jackie Chan has done in Hollywood. Sure, it's not a patch on his best Hong Kong work, but it has a complete, blessed, 100% absence of Chris Tucker.

Approved linux player (2, Insightful)

Cow007 (735705) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587508)

The playstation II runs linux AND plays DVDs... Most people know this but I felt like pointing it out anyway. Also I am pretty sure the M$ XBox that also plays dvds runs linux as well.

Lobbist (2, Insightful)

thogard (43403) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587511)

Since we pay former congresscritters a fortune to do nothing after they get fired or quit, is there a reason we can't tie their pension into their future income? Once someone leaves congress, they should be given a choice, never work again and collect the cash or never collect the cash and work for whoever but the tax payer isn't going to be giving any handouts.

Glickman's Jew kinfolk (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9587518)

Klick-a-Kike invites you to view Glickman's kinfolk. Enjoy!

do we really need .... (4, Funny)

nomad63 (686331) | more than 10 years ago | (#9587536)

.. an "approved" Linux DVD player ? Me thinks not ! When something is made legal, it takes the whole fun out of the game IMHO...
Just a thought
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