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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    RD, 12 Feb 2010 @ 6:00pm

    Re: TAM FAIL again

    "even as plenty of upstarts have figured out how to make new business models work

    Step 1, don't pay for content, don't pay for use, basically, don't pay for anything.

    Damn, I could have plenty of good business models if I didn't have to pay for the products I resold."

    More LIES and WILLFUL MISUNDERSTANDING from TAMSHITHOLE. You know GOD DAMN WELL that isnt what Mike, this site, or most of the people posting here advocate. NO ONE EXCEPT YOU is going around saying "dont pay for ANYTHING." Just YOU. Show me ONE FUCKING POST anywhere on the site where Mike says "dont pay for anything."

    Time to put your money where your mouth is. PROVE it. If you cant, you have NOTHING to say of value. Shilling, lying, and fabricating statements never made here (werent YOU the one always whining like a little baby that people keep "putting words" in your mouth and making up things you never said?) are NOT valid arguments, no matter how many times you spew your garbage here.

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