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 @ 11:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Change we can believe in.

    "If I owned vinyl and needed to buy a cassette and then a CD, shouldn't I have only needed to pay a small fee for the materials, since I had already purchased the content? Did anyone even bother to ask or try that business model?

    There are DRM style systems out there that allow you to do that"

    Nope, this is a LIE to try to discredit any other arguments. You know DAMN WELL there is NO DRM system for music that allows interoperability. The entire POINT of DRM is to NOT allow this sort of thing. And no, you cant point to some out-of-the way, super-obscure DRM that some tiny label uses, because that only proves its POSSIBLE (which it is, easily, they just REFUSE to allow it - remember, its about CONTROL) and not the lie you are trying to perpetuate, that its somehow "common" and that "pirates" are just being "lazy and want everything free." Such a system currently DOES NOT EXIST among ANY of the major online music vendors. Period. This is a LIE.

    Once again, you are caught fabricating and trying to mislead through deceit.

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