Will The RIAA's New Friends In Justice Get Involved Over Constitutionality Of RIAA Damage Awards?

from the we're-about-to-find-out dept

In one of the many cases out there challenging the constitutionality of statutory fines for copyright infringement, there's some indication that the Justice Department is considering intervening on the side of the record labels to defend fines that range from $750 to $150,000 for sharing a single song that can be purchased for $1. There are numerous arguments (both legal and common sense) for why the punishment here goes way beyond the crime. But, with the Justice Department hiring a bunch of the entertainment industry's favorite lawyers into high level positions, this seems like a pretty clear conflict of interest. Many people are now suggesting contacting the administration and requesting that it not intervene in the case given the conflicts of interest.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 2:40pm

    Your 0bama administration at work... CHANGE!

     

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    Matt, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 2:42pm

    unlike the AC

    How much of this is due to noerr pennington? The whole "it's legal to lobby against your competition" thing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 3:17pm

    Re:

    **AA -> Hollywood -> Obama

     

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    Anonymous Coward Numero Uno, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 3:28pm

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    Strange, I never knew that the Obama administration extends to the Justice Department. Care to fill me in on how that is possible?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 3:37pm

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    The US Attorney General is a member of the Cabinet and oversees the operation of the Department of Justice.

     

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    Stuart, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 3:41pm

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    So you are saying that you have absolutely no idea how government works.
    Nice. I wish I was ignorant.

     

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    Anonymous Coward Numero Uno, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 4:56pm

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    Thanks much :).

     

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    Sony mole, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 5:06pm

    FU to RIAA

    sources tell me that some of the labels have had enough of the RIAA and pulled out. This is causing layoffs and total reduction in bootleg CD stuff. My guy didn;t have alot of info about P2P, but I guess the labels are doen being made into fools by the RIAA poopieheads. First the MPAA now RIAA, guess they won;t be around much longer!!

     

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    Dan, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 6:02pm

    This is where the rubber meets the road, Obama gets the either reaffirm just who his constituents are or betray them. He can back unconstitutional penalties or reject them and the DOJ's actions WILL be seen as his.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 6:42pm

    wingnuts

    the wingnuts come crawling out of the woodwork again

     

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    Sean Larabee, Feb 17th, 2009 @ 9:13pm

    The Problem Now

    Well the way I see it there will be no way for us (the average citizen or even reporters) to know if former industry lawyers will be influencing legislation or enforcement.

    This is just a bad situation all the way around.

     

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    Kirk, Feb 18th, 2009 @ 9:53am

    What we can learn from Obama's election

    Please contact the president and present your case against this action. The fact that he's president should show us all that we do indeed have a voice. Freedom's greatest enemy is apathy. Participate or prostrate.

     

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    Ray Beckerman (profile), Feb 22nd, 2009 @ 4:03pm

    Truer words

    Dan said:

    "This is where the rubber meets the road, Obama gets the either reaffirm just who his constituents are or betray them. He can back unconstitutional penalties or reject them and the DOJ's actions WILL be seen as his.

    Truer words were never spoken.

     

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