Entertainment Industry Get Their Own 'Piracy Police' In The Justice Department

from the thank-you,-joe-biden dept

Remember back in December when Vice President Joe Biden hosted a one-sided "piracy summit", ridiculously declaring that "all of the stakeholders" were present (despite there not being a single representative from the technology industry, nor anyone representing consumer interests or ISPs). The "stakeholders" were entirely the entertainment industry. And, even better, despite promises of openness and transparency, the press was kicked out so top execs from most of the major entertainment industry companies could collude talk directly with many of the top administration officials, including Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and others. You knew that this wasn't just a random meet and greet and that something would come out of it.

And, indeed, less than two months later, we have Eric Holder announcing a special "IP task force" within the Justice Department designed to take on "the rise in intellectual property crime." Given how many former RIAA/MPAA lawyers ended up at the Justice Department, perhaps this is no surprise. But given that it now appears that the entertainment industry was able to create their own private enforcement division within the Justice Department without a single ounce of public discussion or transparency, and no input from those concerned about consumer rights or technology innovation, shouldn't someone be asking why the Justice Department is now functioning as a private police force to prop up the business models of a group of companies who refuse to adapt, even as plenty of upstarts have figured out how to make new business models work?

Filed Under: copyright cops, eric holder, joe biden, justice deparatment


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    ChadBroChill (profile), 14 Feb 2010 @ 3:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TAM FAIL again

    Think of how much traffic (which is also ad revenue) they would have gotten if they would have made a deal with the Olympics. Imagine a freely accessible database that could show in HD every Olympic event. It would become the standard for referring back to the Games. And also generate LOTS of revenue.

    Just because YouTube isn't directly paying for the content, doesn't mean they just take the work of others and exploit it. They are offering am excellent, free, and highly accessible distribution platform for all sorts of content. Just because the content producers can't leverage that doesn't mean YouTube is evil. It means they have an open forum that some people abuse. Just like a park where someone sells weed. Don't sue the city, arrest the kid.

    And, they project profitability this year. So you may be proven wrong in the near future.

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