Nerd Stumps Jack Valenti

BoingBoing points us to this article from MIT's The Tech, in which 82-year-old former Motion Picture Association of America head/digital rights management Kool-Aid drinker Jack Valenti is made to look borderline, um, senile. Not Charlton Heston at the end of Bowling for Columbine senile, but still.

TT: ..[A]re you [stealing] when you rent a movie from Blockbuster and you watch it at home? ... I run Linux on my computer. There s no product I can buy that s licensed to watch [DVDs]. If I go to Blockbuster and rent a movie and watch it, am I a bad person? Is that bad?

JV: No, you re not a bad person. But you don t have any right.

TT: But I rented the movie. Why should it be illegal?

JV: Well then, you have to get a machine that s licensed to show it.

TT: Here s one of these machines; it s just not licensed.

[Winstein shows Valenti his six-line qrpff DVD descrambler.]

TT: If you type that in, it ll let you watch movies.

JV: You designed this?

TT: Yes.

JV: Un-fucking-believable.