Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Intellectual Property Task Force Launched By U.S. Department of Justice

In an effort to set up more protective measures to combat the theft of intellectual property, the US Department of Justice has just recently launched a new "Task Force" to battle against copyright piracy and theft, which is an increasingly problematic issue for the music industry.

In Washington, DC. the Task Force was assembled and briefed by Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, who made a statement. "The rise in intellectual property crime in the United States and abroad threatens not only our public safety but also our economic well being.". His message falling on the ears of other "old men" who do not even understand the true potential of the Internet but were still present in the meeting. All "they" (the people having these meetings and making these tremendous decisions) know is that they want to monopolize control, and not let you, or I, or any of us keep control in our own hands, the people's hands.

Since the late 90's Internet technology has created a huge rift in the copyright law debate. Back in December of 2009, Vice President Joe Biden participated in a discussion with a roster of notable intellectual property owners from all sorts of companies spanning the entertainment industry.

Unfortunately there were no representatives from any consumer or technology driven organizations to add in their valuable two cents. The key words here are "intellectual property owners", who were present for this meeting, while "intellectual property creators" movers makers and shakers are left to (apparently) eat shit. Well, considering we are all the ones who USE the internet the most, you'd think some of us would get a say.

At this point, nobody even knows the exact job description of this IP task force, or what their priority targets and objectives will be. United States Vice President Joe Biden made a statement concerning the new task force, saying "This administration is committed to stronger and stricter enforcement of intellectual property rights, and this new task force is a step in the right direction,". Right, like his old ass knows what the right direction is? (Yea, that's right, I said it.)

For more information, please refer to this article at Digital Music News.com:

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