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President Obama is continuing to fill the senior ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice with the copyright industry's favorite lawyers.
Donald Verrilli announced Wednesday that he had been named associate deputy attorney general. Verrilli is the lawyer who pulled the plug on Grokster, sued Google on behalf of Viacom, and represented the Recording Industry Association of America against a Minnesota woman named Jammie Thomas who's accused of illicit file sharing.
Originally posted by truthquest
perhaps you are right and they should shut down the internet.
The guy is scum for getting Grokster shut down.
"We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties."
Its a violation of privacy for mail carriers to be looking at my mail, and so it is a violation of privacy to force file-sharing clients to be snooping on on what files are being shared.
I also don't know a better way to transfer Gigabytes worth of information to another individual.
Originally posted by Maxmars
I can't deny that ownership rights are in fact transferred to the companies that mass produce music (or other media). My objection however is that the solution, ranging from civil to criminal action seems to be unsuited to deal with the problem itself.
After all, if a crime is committed in a subway, we don't shut down the subway so criminals can't use it. If drug dealers are young enough to be in school, we don't close the school.
Originally posted by Maxmars
But, just for the sake of argument, if someone sends me a bomb in the mail, I can't take action against the post office, can I?
If someone laces a media file with a computer virus, are they guilty of anything?
If I download a file that is named as one of the latest releases, although it is actually garbage, or something else, have I 'violated' anyone's ownership?
If I download something I think ISN'T copyrighted but it turns out to be different copyrighted data, another song or move or something, am I still guilty.
Doesn't this reduce the matter to make it illegal or 'wrong' to share files at all?
Can we realistically control the medium?
All in the name of 'ownership' rights that seem to have been wrenched from the creators with the implicit threat of - "our way or the highway."
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Jenner & Block Partner Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., recognized as one of the nation's preeminent litigators and Co-Chair of the Firm's Appellate & Supreme Court practice, will be joining the Department of Justice as Associate Deputy Attorney General.
Mr. Verrilli has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers as among the top attorneys in the country. He was honored for his contributions to the equal justice community in 2006 with The Equal Justice Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights. In 2004, Mr. Verrilli received The Arthur von Briesen Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association for his volunteer contributions to the equal justice community.
Obama Deals Another Catastrophic Blow,
President Barack Obama dealt another catastrophic blow to American workers recently by announcing Diana Farrell, to his National Economic Council where she will serve as a deputy economic advisor, according to computerworld.com.
Farrell is the former director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Co.'s economics research arm, and is a notorious proponent of outsourcing and further expanding the job-killing H-1B visa worker program. In fact, she has made millions advising companies to offshore production as a cost-saving measure.