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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    Steve R. (profile), 14 Feb 2010 @ 5:56pm

    Re: Copyrights Should be Protected

    The problem with so-called copyright "protection" is that it is a moving target. Look at how the law has changed over the years, ever stronger copyright laws are turning ever more citizens into criminals.

    As an example of this trend take a look at regional DVD restrictions and copying legally acquired music and copying it from one device to another. Each time there is a technological advancement, the strong copyright crowd claims infringement and tries to criminalize those activities.

    When you buy content, you have bought the right to use that content. So I would claim that calls by the strong copyright crowd for so-called "protection" is really a form extortion. They are "stealing" from me by denying me my use of the content that I bought.

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