Justice Department Wants $5 Million To Bolster Its Efforts As Hollywood's Private Police Force

from the regulatory-capture dept

While the proposed Obama 2013 budget for the federal government is supposed to be about cutting extraneous expenditures, one area where it's seeking more money is to expand the Justice Department's copyright enforcement efforts. You see, this is what happens when you hand the Justice Department over to the RIAA and MPAA. DOJ is seeking an extra $5 million to focus on these kinds of efforts, to hire 14 new employees, including nine lawyers, claiming that it's "had an increase in the number of cases that we're dealing with in IP." Oh really? You mean like the case of Dajaz1? The site that the DOJ illegally held and censored for over a year? Perhaps if they had a few more lawyers on staff, someone would have taken the time to realize that they were supposed to give the domain back within a specified time frame. Or perhaps they could have used those people to realize that the site was posting music sent by the copyright holders. Of course, that's not what would happen. Instead, they'd just focus on seizing more sites and creating more collateral damage. The real question, of course, should be why are we allowing the government to be Hollywood's private police force?

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    LC (profile), 16 Feb 2012 @ 1:51am

    Re: Hey, everyone is entitled to policing.

    "If they create a rape task force, are you going to argue that the DOJ is acting as a private police force for women? Are you going to say that the cops out arresting car thieves are a private police force for car owners?"

    Seeing as rape and car theft are both criminal offenses, and that women and car owners are both citizens, that's reasonable. It's nothing like what's happening here: having law enforcement enforce civil law. And cut your "1% own cars" bullshit, please. Where I live, 70% of people drive cars as a matter of course in their day-to-day lives, and close to 99% own one.

    "The fact is that the content creators pay a huge amount of taxes in this country"

    They'd be paying a lot more tax if Congress closed the many, many loopholes they use to pay as little tax as possible. And with their failure to pass the draconian SOPA/PIPA bills, I can't see Congress and the President doing that and pissing of their Hollywood paymasters more.

    "At the end of the day, the folks in government are going to side with the folks who pay taxes and act like good citizens."

    Above point aside, the Government did it's job properly when the majority of the people who contacted them about SOPA/PIPA were NOT in favor. After all, this is a democratic nation, correct? It's only sad that the threat of losing votes was required to make them stop, rather then them simply stopping it because it's appalling public policy. And the people would still pay more tax than Hollywood even if they were being 100% honest with their taxes.

    The biggest complaint people had in relation to SOPA was how it could have sites shut down or their finances cut off on a mere accusation. Would you like it if SOPA/PIPA gave corporations the ability to declare you are a terrorist and whisk you off to a secret prison indefinitely without trial to be tortured (oh wait, the government already has the power to do this under the PATRIOT act).

    Next shill post...

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