A Bad, Sad Hollywood Ending?

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Tim O'Reilly
May. 20, 2002 08:33 PM
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URL: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/may2002/tc20020515_8741.htm...

Business Week's sympathetic take on the dangers to open source of the Hollings bill and the BPDG: "In 1982, Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, famously proclaimed that the videocassette recorder was as threatening to the movies as the Boston Strangler was to a woman walking alone. Twenty years later, video rentals account for 46% of studio revenues, vs. the 24% collected at the box office...Open-source advocates say that's proof enough the market, not the entertainment industry, should decide which technologies prevail. But Hollywood's voice -- and dollars -- carry more weight on Capitol Hill..."

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