Valenti: We Will Fight Them On The Beaches! (And Then Compromise)

Jack Valenti explains why the Motion Picture Academy proposed not sending copies of movies to Academy Award voters this year. And why he finally compromised on the issue. “The digital world with its zeroes and ones and perfect copies of originals has changed the movie landscape forever, which is why the movie world’s priorities have been permanently altered. The industry wants to use the Internet to dispatch films to consumers. But as we do, we must also challenge piracy and defeat it with every weapon we can summon–and we will succeed, I am convinced–or one day we will sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the decline and fall of America’s greatest artistic triumph and an awesome engine of job and economic growth.”