Friday, January 23, 2009

DOJ appointments irk Obama supporters; Techdirt joints ranks of disappointed copyleftists

The copyleft continues to open its eyes to the drubbing it's taken in the Obama Administration's appointments process, what with the Department of Justice about to play home to a raft of new copyright-friendly attorneys. This time it's group blog Techdirt playing the role of the spurned (ex?) lover:
Among the tech community, there was some belief that the Obama administration understood some of the key issues, such as the damage done by draconian copyright laws -- and they had shown that with the way they went about running their campaign. However, there's an increasing realization that the techies on the campaign are entirely separate from the policy people now involved in the administration. First there was the appointment of one of the RIAA's top lawyers as associate attorney general, and now comes news that Neil MacBride, the BSA's antipiracy enforcer, has also been appointed to a high level role in the Justice Department.
Techdirt finds it "worrisome" that MacBride once had the temerity to "insist[] that piracy represents a real loss, not a business model issue, and even suggest[] that it's all a generational thing." The horror! And it concludes with the following lament:
That two such individuals [MacBride and Tom Perrelli] are now in high level positions in the Justice Department does not bode well at all for the idea that we may have more reasonable copyright policy and enforcement coming out of the Justice Department any time soon.
Well, there is a world of difference between Techdirt's and C&C's view of what constitutes "reasonable copyright policy." But Techdirt is no doubt correct that Obama's appointments "do[] not bode well" for the copyleft. That's change I can believe in!

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