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?

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    Godric, 14 Feb 2010 @ 10:02pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "17 USC 506 sets clear boundaries for acts deemed criminal in nature"

    Just because a law exists, does not mean it is followed. If everyone followed every law and every rule, then none of this would ever be an issue.

    But, then enters Human nature. Human nature basically negates boundaries and laws since most humans could give a shit less about a law that prevents them from getting what they want.

    This is especially true for the 'entitled' in government. How often do you hear about police being arrested for shoplifting, or government officials abusing the power of their office to commit adultery (which is still a crime in most, if not all, states).

    I drive through the city all the time and get yelled at for not stopping to let someone cross when there is no cross walk. They yell about stopping for pedestrians. I shout back that it does not apply to jay-walkers. They usually roll their eyes and say whatever, and still attempt to pass in front of me as I slam on the gas. Good thing for me I hit one and a cop was there to ticket them and then send them to the hospital. He wrote a report and stated that I had the right of way and did not need to stop, and that I was well within my rights to continue forward. I went to the hearing for the guy and he actually got a year in jail. The judge ruled that he was also defrauding his insurance company by filing claims under false pretenses.

    Again... just because there is a law/rule/code does not mean it will be followed.

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