Today's New York Times Magazine has an interview with Dan Glickman, new-ish head of the Motion Picture Association of America. The number one liason between Hollywood and Washington, Glickman took over for Jack Valenti, famed bane of many a filmmaker's existence, last September, and has laid fairly low ever since. It's too early for Glickman, formerly Bill Clinton's Secretary of Agriculture, to inspire Valenti-caliber industry turmoil (ie: the full page Variety ad, signed by almost 150 filmmakers in protest of the MPAA's 2003 ban on Oscar screeners), but as he tells Deborah Solomon, his priorities are much the same:
Glickman: The big substantive issue for me right now is antipiracy, fighting those who want to get the content of movies free.
Solomon: Are we talking about school kids watching movies online? Or organized-crime lords?
Glickman: We are talking about an awful lot of people worldwide who are engaged in criminal activity. We need to educate kids so they understand the value of intellectual property.
Solomon: I find it hard to get morally indignant over the issue, because there are so many more pressing issues than making sure that Hollywood gets every last penny that is owed to it.
Glickman: The founding fathers, in our Constitution, talked about copyright. They talked about the creative juices that are necessary for a free society and protecting property rights.
I'm pretty sure he's talking about Section 8,
Clause 8 - which definitely deals with what we would come to call copyright - but I can't find anything about
Read the rest of the Glickman interview here, and the rest of the United States Constitution here.