[opendtv] News: Glickman Heads MPAA

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  • Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 08:39:56 -0400


Glickman Heads MPAA

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/1/2004 1:51:00 PM

Dan Glickman, former centrist Democratic Kansas Congressman and 
Secretary of Agriculture, has been named to replace Jack Valenti as 
head of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Valenti, who has been planning to retire for some time, formally 
resigned Thursday after 38 years atop the association. He will stay 
on as CEO until Glickman takes over Sept. 1.

Glickman spent 18 years in the House, including sitting on the 
Copyright subcommittee, which deals with intellectual property issues 
close to the heart of Hollywood. He was Secretary of Agriculture in 

More recently he has been director of the Institute of Politics at 
Harvard as well as a teacher at the Kennedy School of Government.

  MPAA and fair use proponents have been at odds over how best to 
protect intellectual property without infringing on established fair 
use copying rights given the ease of digital copying.

  Gigi B. Sohn, president of fair use advocate Public Knowledge, said 
of the appointment: "We congratulate Dan Glickman on his selection as 
the new president of MPAA.  We look forward to working with him.  We 
hope that MPAA will attempt to embrace technological change, rather 
than try to hinder it, and will work to benefit consumers, rather 
than to take actions hostile to them."

Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro said of the 
appointment: "Even as we bid a sad farewell to Jack, we welcome Dan 
Glickman to the trade association community....

"Secretary Glickman brings a long and distinguished career in public 
service to the MPAA. I look forward to working with him as our mutual 
industries continue to transition into the digital age. I remain 
optimistic that together we can identify and support solutions that 
protect the valuable intellectual property created by the MPAA's 
members while preserving the home recording and fair use rights 
enjoyed by movie lovers everywhere and the ability of technology 
companies to innovate and create exciting new products and 

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