2009 Budget Includes $9.4 Million For FBI IP Enforcement Agents

from the wanna-bet-who-snuck-those-provisions-in-there? dept

As you probably recall, the Obama Department of Justice includes many of the content industry's favorite lawyers. Now, thanks to the $410 billion omnibus spending bill approved by Congress and Obama, the FBI has nearly $10 million more dollars to spend on intellectual property enforcement. The money will fund 2 field officers at each existing Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property unit as well as the creation of a new unit at FBI headquarters to work specifically on multi-district IP cases. This news comes soon after Obama spoke warmly about innovation and start-ups -- two things which hardly need more IP headaches -- so it will be important to watch carefully who he appoints as the newly created IP Czar (though things hardly look good thus far).

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    Cynical, 17 Mar 2009 @ 1:08pm

    Just as I thought

    You know, with all that rhetoric about "openness", "transparancy" and "change" in his presidential campaign, I thought the shine would take about 6 months to wear off. It even got my hopes up a little bit.

    But hell, it's taken about 5 minutes! He's flat out lied about being open and hasn't even tried to hide it. Even a deep cynic like me was a little surprised at the speed of this show of his true colours.

    And I'm not talking about his skin colour here, in case anyone starts flaming me for "racism", ok?

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