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 @ 12:06pm

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

    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.

    No, what you said was "YOU MUST ANSWER THIS". I don't have to answer any of your questions. You cannot order me to do anything. I am just saying you need to either apologize, or continue to be an asshole. You aren't order to do anything."

    No, what I said was "YOU MUST ANSWER THIS, or be proven a lying shill" or similar. Your edict was exactly the same, in principle. Once again, you focus on semantics and grammar over the PRINCIPLE of the argument. In principle, my refusal is an echo of yours. I'd rather be an asshole than an unprincipled lying fascist scumbag.

    "That alone proves you can't even understand simple things."

    No, it just proves you will twist any argument so YOU come out looking best, even when you completely sacrifice principles and truth to do it.

    "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.

    in your opinion, and your opinion, in my opinion, is wrong.

    Mike goes on and on about the value of free promotion, and how nobody should complain, they shouldn't bitch when they material is used for free, and plenty of good business models have been ruined because copyright holders actually expected to get paid.

    I don't know what blog you have been reading, but then again, when you can't even seem to understand the difference between an order and a choice, I guess I can't expect you to understand anything else."

    So, you can roll out "its my OPINION" anytime you want in the middle of a discussion and wave your hand and then its all right? Ok. Then, if this is all just opinion (YOUR OWN WORDS) then there is nothing to apologize for.

    Oh can I have the address of your Granmama? I got a coathanger to send to her. In my OPINION, she missed a great opportunity to better the world, and there should be a memento of that.

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