Barsky gets Superior nod for career


Former MPAA executive vp and general counsel Simon Barsky received the Sho-West Superior Achievement Award on Wednesday in recognition of his careerlong efforts to combat piracy and censorship. National Association of Theatre Owners president and CEO John Fithian presented the prize to Barsky at the Paris hotel.

Barsky spearheaded litigation that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court's 2005 ruling stating that the activities of file-sharing service Grokster were illegal, and in his opening remarks, Fithian also singled out Barsky's vigilance in promoting and protecting the ratings system during his 28 years of service.

"I'm fortunate to have so many friends in this room," said Barsky, who remains an independent consultant to the MPAA. "I owe my career to exhibition. The people I spent the most time with in the field were exhibitors. We stood together, combating censorship and standing up for the ratings system."

MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman, who did not attend the ceremony, congratulated Barsky through a letter to Fithian in which he described the attorney as a "scholar who had views on every subject known to man."