Imagine, for a minute, an alternate universe. This is not the real world, in which a handful of attorneys at big law firms who happened to represent major record labels in copyright litigation (among other clients) moved into jobs at the Department of Justice, where there is no evidence they have any responsibility for copyright matters -- a situation which still sent copyright critics into inaccurate and hysterical conniptions.
No, imagine a different, fantasy world. In this world, one record label dominates the market. And President Obama visits the headquarters of that label during his campaign, heaping lavish praise on the company and their "shared...belief in changing the world from the bottom up, not from the top down." That label's "managers and employees were some of the strongest supporters of candidate Obama, donating around $803,000 to his presidential campaign." The label's CEO "actively stumped for the candidate and served as an informal economic adviser during the campaign, and after Obama was elected," the CEO and other label "executives forked over $25,000 apiece to help pay for the inaugural celebration."
And then, once Obama assumed office, "[b]ecause the company and administration are so like-minded, it should come as no surprise that [label] executives soon found themselves assuming roles in the Obama administration." The CEO "sits on Obama's Council of Science and Technology Advisers." And label "employees acted as advisers to the Obama transition team -- in one case" a label exec "actually led a meeting, to the surprise of at least one attendee -- and a handful of ex-[label employees] have joined the administration in various roles." Among those ex-employees is the label's former head of global public policy, now the Administration's deputy chief technology officer. "[I]n his previous role [the deputy CTO] championed [the label's] policy goals. Now he'll be in a position to shape policy that affects [the label's] rivals."
Imagine the outrage from the usual suspects if this scenario were reality. Well, it is reality -- only it's not a dominant record label with whom "Obama appears to have found a corporate kindred spirit." Rather, as laid out in this article in Fortune, it's Google -- whose position on copyright and related issues often stands in stark contrast to those of copyright owners. As Bob Dole might ask, "Where's the outrage?"