The latest hire by the RIAA is Bradley Buckles, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He's going to head up their anti-piracy efforts and their relationship with law enforcement agencies. I'd imagine this isn't good news for anyone involved in file sharing. It certainly doesn't suggest that the recording industry is looking for a discussion about how to update their business model, but would prefer to simply bust down doors and throw people in jail. If he's really going after true counterfeiting operations that are making up fake CDs and selling them on the streets, that's fine - and his experience could be helpful. However, if he starts sending the police and other law enforcement after 12-year-old kids downloading nursery rhymes, it might not go over so well.
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