Top Disney Lawyer To Become Top Copyright Office Lawyer, Because Who Cares About The Public Interest?
from the mickey-mouse-operation dept
People at the Copyright Office seem to get mad at me every time I suggest that the Copyright Office is captured by Hollywood, and pointing out how top officials there all seem to bounce back and forth between the Copyright Office and Hollywood.
That’s not to say there aren’t some good people there, because there are. But the organization is dominated by former (and, if the past is any indication, soon to be again), lobbyists and lawyers of the biggest copyright abusers on the planet. So it’s difficult to take the Office seriously as a steward for the public good (as they are supposed to be), when it’s currently headed by the former top lawyer at IFPI, who, before that, was the top IP lawyer for Time Warner. And, when she then decides to hire Disney’s top “IP lawyer” to become General Counsel of the Copyright Office (as has just been announced), it becomes really difficult not to be cynical.
This is what regulatory capture looks like.
But even worse, actions like this are why the public doesn’t believe in copyright. Over and over again all we see is abuse of copyright, and then the government puts the same people who have abused copyright in charge of copyright at the Copyright Office, it makes the public cynical and (reasonably) distrustful of the intentions of the Copyright Office. That’s disappointing, as there are plenty of people who have expertise in copyright law who would be great for the Copyright Office. But, for some reason, they never get hired into the top jobs unless they’ve spent time working for one of the giant Hollywood or recording industry organizations.