Ding, dong, the witch is dead.
Slashdot has the news: Slashdot | Jack Valenti, Dead at 85. I'm happy.
Why am I happy that another human being is dead? I'm happy because this man was a bad, backwards man who did the world a disservice by furthering the monopolistic copyright agenda of Big Media -- he worked for the MPAA. Thanks to him and his kind, we have the most draconian copyright regime in Humanity's history. Thanks to him, thousands of people are millions of dollars poorer and indicted for crimes that amount to basically not enriching him and his clique.
I kid you not. His most famous quote is:
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.
Yes, he was stupid for not noticing the potential that the VCR had. But he was intentionally evil because his intentions and actions were clear: to kill the Betamax and anything resembling it. And if he had his way, we wouldn't have iPods or any sort of MP3 players today.
He was the kind of man who would gladly strip you of all innovations and freedoms in order to further his only goal: to line his and his buddies' pockets with even more cash.
I'm glad he's dead. Good riddance, corrupt moron. The only thing I'm sorry is that you lasted that long.