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Cable Piracy #83933

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 26, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(NYC) Problems for cable television industry by nonpaying viewers tapping into lines and stealing shows without paying fee examined; commercial shown. [HBO senior vice president Ed HOROWITZ - notes practice is illegal.] "HBO-KID" in Pennsylvania cited as example; details given. [Motion Picture Association of America spokesperson Jack VALENTI - considers action piracy.] Role of satellite dish antennas in situation explained. [Dan BOOTH - believes air waves are free for anyone.] Econ. factors involved in action of viewers such as Booth described. [VALENTI - considers creative work property; mentions "E.T., Gandhi."] [Hero Communico Company spokesperson Robert BEHAR - has offered arrangement with movie industry] Movie industry and HBO response to satellites industry's offer to share profits noted. Ed Heller's situation described. [Movie Systems Incorporated spokesperson John KILLIAN - explains legal action against Heller.] [HELLER - thinks industry is naive.] Local retailers noted banned from selling antennas. [MAD Audio-Video spokesperson Gary SMOLIAK - considers ban unfair.] Minneapolis, Minnesota, case said under appeal.
REPORTER: Lynn Sherr

Brinkley, David;
Sherr, Lynn

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