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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  1. identicon
    RD, 13 Feb 2010 @ 10:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Fail Hard 2: The TAMHOLE Directive: The Movie

    Actually, my words are "didn't have to pay for the products I resold".

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091217/0334237405.shtml"

    Discusses the VALUE OF FREE in promotion. Nowhere does it advocate "take what you want and resold" it.

    "http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091215/0941527364.shtml"

    Again, discusses the VALUE of these free options as PROMOTION. Susan Boyle sold MORE albums BECAUSE her stuff was on youtube FOR FREE.

    "http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090519/1127454934.shtml"

    Same argument. WHERE in these does Mike say "take what you want from anyone without regard"? I must have missed that in all his posts.

    "To be honest, I'm still not sure why it makes sense that Google has to pay anything for this

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090707/1657295475.shtml

    The idea that webcasters/broadcasters should need to pay artists for the right to promote them to fans just seems bizarre and borderline incomprehensible in the first place."

    What is radio? Isnt it all about FREE MUSIC, and that PROMOTES the songs/artists? Sorry, I missed where radio was a for-pay medium where people were expected to pay BOTH WAYS for. Show me this.

    "I could go on. But I think that shows very conclusively that Mike thinks that many of the web2.0 and other "new business models" should be based on not paying for the material you use."

    Um, no, it doesnt. You are projecting your bias onto every article and claiming things not there.

    "So in the end, the only garbage being spewed here is coming from you, a guy who is attached to Mike's ass like stink on shit, and yet you don't seem to remember his very basic words."

    Read the other comments here. Its not just me that thinks you are wrong.

    "Now, you can be a man and apologize for being wrong, or you can continue to be an asshole, call me all sorts of names, and continue to lie about my point of view. Which one will it be? Man or mouse? It's up to you."

    Well, 2 things with this:

    1) I put a similar edict to you recently and your response was "I dont HAVE TO do anything, I'm an adult and I can choose what I want" or something similar. So, using your own idea on this, I dont HAVE to do any such thing.

    2) There is nothing to apologize for since a) I wasnt wrong and b) you failed to prove I was SO wrong as to need to apologize, as evidenced by the MANY MANY comments against you in this matter.

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