Justice Department Increasingly Looking Like The RIAA/MPAA's Legal Team
from the change-the-riaa-can-believe-in dept
It seems that the Obama administration is basically hiring the entire RIAA/MPAA/BSA legal team these days. It started off with the RIAA’s favorite lawyer, then it hired the BSA’s antipiracy enforcer, and now it’s brought on two more of the entertainment industry’s favorite lawyers, including Don Verrilli, who was one of the main guys arguing the entertainment industry’s side in the infamous (and terribly decided) Grokster case. He also was the guy who argued the RIAA’s case that the Jammie Thomas verdict shouldn’t be thrown out (on that one, he lost, thankfully). Of course, if you’re thinking things would have been any better had McCain won, just note that one of his legal advisors is gleefully cheering on these appointments. Still, as Ray Beckerman notes, Obama’s own rules should preclude these guys working on issues related to those they used to represent. We’ll see if that actually happens, though.