Jack Valenti says that the piracy thing is about deeper values, and is informing college students that “duty, service, honor, integrity, pity, pride, compassion, sacrifice” and so forth are at the root of why Nice People Don’t Share FIles. Um, Jack? Those are indeed bedrock moral qualities, but we’re going to reserve their practice for God, land and the family of man, not for industry. Industries being industries, you get money instead. (Okay, “pity” may well be owed to the perpatrators of “Kangaroo Jack,” but you did that to yourself you know.) If you believe these are worthy qualities, why don’t we see more of them onscreen? Quit the flag-waving and start negotiating in good faith with hardware and software manufacturers.


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