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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    TW Burger (profile), 14 Feb 2010 @ 7:52pm

    Re: Re: Copyrights Should be Protected

    I agree. The laws are not being adjusted, they are being bastardized. If I buy a CD, I should be able to listen to it on my computer or MP3 player legally. Why should transferring the content to another format for my personal use be illegal? I am also sick of entertainment industry complaints about losing billions to rampant pirating in places like Quebec and China where the cultural laws make it impossible to sell or buy Hollywood content and the only way get the movies and music is through pirated content.

    The major concern is that the "protect the starving artist from the giant international pirate-mafia-terrorist-nazi-commie-taliban conspiracy" rants by the MPAA and governments are being used to remove whatever rights to privacy we have remaining after September 11th made us so numb we agreed to anything.

    Now that those idiots in the supreme court have ruled to allow corporations to spend unlimited funds in support of politicians you're going to see the laws being dictated by Sony and Universal using all of those record profits that are mysteriously unaffected by the claimed "billions" of bit torrents they rant about destroying their ability to pay the rent.

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