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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  1. identicon
    RD, 13 Feb 2010 @ 10:53am

    Re: Re: A Country Of, By and For the Corporations

    "Steve, if the government enforced copyright (and law enforcement would take legal complaints under copyright), then the corporations, right holders, and others would not be forced into playing detective to protect their works.

    They get no police powers, they cannot arrest anyone, they cannot do anything of the sort. They have to use the copyright law and the powers of civil litigation to try to get anything done. It isn't very simple."

    Oh, so in other words, they have to FOLLOW THE LAW. And you see this as a PROBLEM? Now you are showing your true colors: Pro-Big-Media, Pro-Fascism, Anti-consumer, Anti-public good, Anti-copyright bargain, Anti-Due Process, Anti-Rules of evidence, Anti-equality under the law, Anti-burden of proof, Anti-fair use, Anti-public domain.

    Its almost like you are Anti everything or something!

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