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Rotten.com's news section, The Daily Rotten, has a few quotes on the sidebar, mostly about free speech and civil liberties.

One was purpoted to be from Jack Valenti, the head of the MPAA, the Motion Picture Association of America:

quote:
"The VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman alone."
Jack Valenti, MPAA

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chillas
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Most definitely true.

In 1982 Valenti was testifying before the House of Representatives regarding "The Home Recording of Copyrighted Works."

quote:
Now, the question comes, well, all right, what is wrong with the VCR. One of the Japanese lobbyists, Mr. Ferris, has said that the VCR -- well, if I am saying something wrong, forgive me. I don't know. He certainly is not MGM's lobbyist. That is for sure. He has said that the VCR is the greatest friend that the American film producer ever had.

I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.

The VCR avalanche, I told you about that. Now, what about the VCR owners. Now, from here on out, Mr. Chairman, I am going to be speaking about a survey done by the Media Statistics Inc., which is a prestigious firm out of Silver Spring, Md. We, meaning the MPAA, did not commission this survey. We bought it after it was done when we heard about it. So, this was not a case -- we have commissioned a lot of things, but this is not one of them.

The entire testimony. The strangler quote isn't too far down, but I'd suggest doing a Find on Strangler in the page.

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