4/03/2005

What's wrong with this picture?

Below we see Daniel J. Peng, Jack Valenti, and Alex Halderman.



Dan Peng (Princeton '05) is infamously known for being sued by the RIAA in 2003 for $97.8 billion, for running a network indexing service.

Jack Valenti is the former president of the Motion Picture Association of America and is one of America's most influential pro-copyright lobbyists. In 1982 he testified before congress, "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." Since then the home video market has become the major source of income for the movie industry.

Alex Halderman (Princeton '03 and GS in Computer Science) is famous for his 2003 analysis of SunnComm's CD copy protection technology, which could easily be circumvented by holding down the shift key while loading the CD into your computer. After their stock fell by 25% in 48 hours, SunnComm, threatened to sue Alex and Princeton claiming the paper was "erroneous", but eventually shied away from the accusations. Alex's previous papers were partial inspiration for my own junior independent work in Computer Science on DRM.

So in this picture we see Dan Peng, one of the biggest victims of the entertainment industry's reckless crusade against college students, Jack Valenti, one of the leaders of this crusade, and Alex Halderman, one of the industry's biggest nuisances through his continuous work in revealing the stupidity of the industry's actions.

I wonder how they even got Valenti to pose.