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‘Cotton Club’ First Release on Anti-Piracy Cassette

April 24, 1985

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A home video company announced Tuesday it will release the movie ″The Cotton Club,″ using a ″landmark breakthrough″ in anti-piracy devices that causes copies to deteriorate.

″Piracy is the single biggest threat to our industry, and for years we’ve been investigating anti-piracy devices,″ said Andre Blay, chairman of Embassy Home Entertainment.

Blay said he considered the process developed by Macrovision a ″landmark breakthrough for the video industry and for copyright holders.″

The system uses a process that maintains the superior picture quality of the original cassette or disc but causes considerable picture deterioration in copies, said Victor Farrow, chairman of the San Jose-based Macrovision.

Blay said potential pirates who rent cassettes can no longer make duplicates to sell or for collections.

″The development also promises to be a boon for all distributors, manufacturers, producers and holders of copyrights,″ he said.

Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, said in a statement, ″I want to take this opportunity to commend Embassy and Macrovision for this important development on our war against worldwide piracy. ... It will allow us to go forward with newfound strength in our efforts to protect this country’s intellectual property rights.″

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