Well, it looks like the copyleft's recent letter to President Obama lamenting that "several of your appointees to positions that oversee the formulation and implementation of IP policy have, immediately prior to their appointments, represented the concentrated copyright industries" went into a big, giant black hole.
The Blog of Legal Times is reporting that Jenner & Block litigation partner Ian Gershengorn -- who has represented the recording industry and other major copyright owners in high-profile cases -- is heading to the Department of Justice, where he will become deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Civil Division. Gershengorn represented the record company plaintiffs in the Grokster case, and more recently recently helped author an amicus brief on behalf of the RIAA and others in the Second Circuit in the Cablevision case.
According to BLT, Gershengorn will oversee the Civil Division's Federal Programs Branch, which is responsible for defending federal statutes against constitutional attack. Lawyers in the Federal Programs Branch represent the government in the Tenenbaum and Cloud cases, where DOJ has intervened to defend the constitutionality of the Copyright Act's statutory damages provisions.
Gershengorn joins a host of other Jenner lawyers who have joined DOJ in recent months, including Tom Perrelli, Don Verrilli, Brian Hauck, and Ginger Anders. Luckily, the fort remains in very able hands.