by Mike Masnick
Wed, Feb 11th 2009 7:29am
We've been talking about how the various favorite lawyers of the big content lobbying organizations all seem to be ending up in the Justice Department. Some have pointed out that these lawyers will most likely be focused on other DOJ business, since IP issues aren't a major issue within Justice. They also point out that folks in the Justice Department have very little impact on policy. That may be true... but at the hearings to confirm Tom Perrelli as associate attorney general, he did talk quite a bit about IP issues, saying that he hopes the Justice Department will bring renewed focus on the issue, while noting that existing US intellectual property laws "don't seem to be addressing the problem." As a starting point, that's not a great sign, especially since he focuses on the supposed "problem" when it's not even clear that there is a problem. He claims it's "counterfeiting" and "piracy" but we've already seen that piracy isn't a problem -- smart business models address that. And, as for counterfeiting, both the OECD and the GAO have made it clear that any "problem" has been massively exaggerated by industry lobbyists -- such as those Perrelli used to work for.
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