DOJ Gets Another Copyright Cop
from the not-looking-good dept
Among the tech community, there was some belief that the Obama administration understood some of the key issues, such as the damage done by draconian copyright laws — and they had shown that with the way they went about running their campaign. However, there’s an increasing realization that the techies on the campaign are entirely separate from the policy people now involved in the administration. First there was the appointment of one of the RIAA’s top lawyers as associate attorney general, and now comes news that Neil MacBride, the BSA’s antipiracy enforcer, has also been appointed to a high level role in the Justice Department.
You may recall MacBride, because last year, right before the BSA released its usual entirely bogus stats on the impact of piracy, he was kind enough to call me and walk through why he stood by those numbers. In that post, you can see some of how MacBride approached these issues — insisting that piracy represents a real loss, not a business model issue, and even suggesting that it’s all a generational thing. This is somewhat worrisome, as I believe it’s the wrong approach to understanding what an impact copyright issues have on business, society and culture. That two such individuals are now in high level positions in the Justice Department does not bode well at all for the idea that we may have more reasonable copyright policy and enforcement coming out of the Justice Department any time soon.