As the retiring head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Valenti says the illegal downloading of movies over the Internet could harm the film industry. At a panel on the issue during Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, Valenti heard from critics of the movie trade's intense guarding of its product from copying. Valenti defended the Copyright Term Extension Act, which extended the life of copyrights much longer than previously allowed.
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The national discussion over gay marriage became an academic discussion Wednesday at UIUC. Professors of law, education, philosophy and English sat down to discuss the potential impact of legalizing same-sex unions. But while all the panelists supported gay rights, they didn't agree on what the benefits of gay marriage would be. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
The Passion of the Christ remains one of the nation's top box office attractions. But Mel Gibson's movie about the trial and crucifixion of Jesus is far from the first dramatization of the central story of the Christian faith. Every spring, churches and other groups throughout the country put on passion plays, following a tradition that dates back to medieval Europe. AM 580's Jim Meadows visited one passion play (left) that's been staged in Bloomington-Normal for more than 80 years.
To see a mature American Chestnut in nature is a rarity. The trees, which once took up about a quarter of Eastern US forests, were driven to near-extinction by a fungal disease introduced about 100 years ago. AM 580's Ali Kawa speaks with Purdue University scientist Doug Jacobs (left, under a chestnut in Wisconsin), who is working to restore the once-tremendously valuable American Chestnut.