Obama Appoints Former RIAA Lawyer To Associate Attorney General

from the good-lawyer,-bad-client dept

Amidst a number of high profile appointments today was the position of associate attorney general. The high-ranking position has been awarded to Tom Perrelli of the prominent law firm Jenner & Block. By all accounts, Perrelli has led an impressive legal career spanning public service and private practice. However, his most recent tenure in private practice has had him representing the recording industry. Although specifics are hard to come by, according to his official biography, "Mr. Perrelli regularly represents the recording industry in cutting-edge intellectual property, technology, and anti-piracy litigation. He has represented the recording industry in a host of cases arising under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), as well as in copyright infringement and digital piracy litigation. He has also represented the record industry and recording artists in a series of copyright royalty proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board."

Of course, Mr. Perrelli's job was to represent the interest of his clients, but given the questionable legal tactics the RIAA has pursued in its litigation and the problems with the Copyright Royalty Board, there is reason to pause regarding his appointment. But, as Matt Yglesias writes, since the RIAA has relied so heavily on litigation, it's probably a good bet that they chose the best lawyers they could.

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  1. identicon
    anymouse, 6 Jan 2009 @ 1:53pm


    "You voted for Obama? And, you thought you'd get change?...."

    lets fix this to match reality....

    You voted? And, you thought you'd get change?....

    There, much more accurate.

    There are 2 sides on every coin, but you wouldn't expect anyone to value it differently just because you turned it over, do you? So why does anyone think that either 'side' of the political system is any different? It's a false adversarial relationship established to make the sheeple (TM pending) feel like they actually have some voice in the matter. Reality is we the sheeple are going to get screwed no matter which 'side' is in power, the only question is how hard, how long, and are we going to enjoy the ride...

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