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Obama Appoints 5th RIAA Lawyer into DOJ

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This week, Obama announced the appointment of a new RIAA lawyer to join the justice department. Obama named Ian Gershengorn as one of the new members of the justice department, marking the fifth lawyer from the RIAA to join.

Gershengorn will become the department's deputy assistant attorney of the Civil Division.

All five RIAA lawyers have been at the front line with file sharing ligation and have targeted both file sharing firms and individuals.

Despite many public interest groups urging Obama to stop filling his administration with RIAA lawyers, Gernshengorn made it through the doors anyway.

The Public Knowledge Group, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Electronics Association, the Wikimedia Foundation, the American Library Association and many others, demanded Obama look outside the content litigation industry for filling his administration. So far, the groups' voices have gone unheard.

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    NuclearShadow , April 14, 2009 8:23 PM
    Can anyone please remind me why I voted for Obama?
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2009 8:01 PM
    Can we rape the taxpayers of all their freedom on the internet?? YES WE CAN!
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    hellwig , April 14, 2009 8:10 PM
    5 RIAA lawyers in the DOJ? I didn't realize copyright infringement was such a serious threat to our nation we needed so many copyright lawyers working for the government. Actually, since the government is a public institution, and its works belong to the public, why does the DOJ need any copyright lawyers? Shouldn't he be filling the DOJ with criminal, financial, civil lawyers? Lawyers who practice law in areas that the DOJ actually prosecutes?
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    antilycus , April 14, 2009 7:59 PM
    well duh, this president is about keeping the rich people rich and everyone else is unimportant. That's why the troops arent being pulled out like he promised (and he actually just sent another 40k troops over for an unknown amount of time) and that's why all the Banks are getting the held. It would have been much much MUCH cheaper to pay off all outstanding home Mortgages and the private sector wouldn't have had much to worry about or could've cut wages if need be... .. Unfortunately, the private sector is the problem to all of this. The government cant control what the pay their employees and most of them are WAYYY under what they should be paid. ESPECIALLY THE I.T. PERSONNEL.
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2009 8:01 PM
    Can we rape the taxpayers of all their freedom on the internet?? YES WE CAN!
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    neodawg , April 14, 2009 8:06 PM
    What is this crap, I think from this move its pretty clear that the Govt is controlled by RIAA, MPAA, etc. Obama must be getting a large sum of money here or something. Obama seems to be going after the internet, requests for a internet kill switch??...really?
    Im sure im gunna get thumbed for this post like crazy...w/e everyone is entitled to their opinion.
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    tayb , April 14, 2009 8:09 PM
    Surprising? Really? Legislator in works to give this single man the power to shut off the internet and has nationalized the entire banking system something that is clearly deemed unconstitutional in that pesky constitution that the Obama and Bush administration likes to trample all over.
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    solymnar , April 14, 2009 8:09 PM
    Download limits by ISPs...RIAA being given more teeth than they remotely should given their history...not fun stuff.

    The RIAA has no interest in an elegant or balanced solution that I've seen.
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    hellwig , April 14, 2009 8:10 PM
    5 RIAA lawyers in the DOJ? I didn't realize copyright infringement was such a serious threat to our nation we needed so many copyright lawyers working for the government. Actually, since the government is a public institution, and its works belong to the public, why does the DOJ need any copyright lawyers? Shouldn't he be filling the DOJ with criminal, financial, civil lawyers? Lawyers who practice law in areas that the DOJ actually prosecutes?
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2009 8:17 PM
    Do you think for a moment that those prices would now be where they are without P2P networks? If they dissapear, so will the lower prices!

    "Well having been through Napster and P2P networks, I think its time people started paying for music again. One cannot make the argument about it now since on Amazon, most albums are $10 or less. Especially considering you don't have to pay for the whole album anymore. Just the songs you like. Most of the albums I buy are under $7 for a full length album. I've been there since CDs first came out and I can't believe I used to pay $15 back in 1984 for a cd with only 2-3 decent songs. Now you can pay $3 for 3 songs??? "
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    NuclearShadow , April 14, 2009 8:23 PM
    Can anyone please remind me why I voted for Obama?
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    neodawg , April 14, 2009 8:25 PM
    NuclearShadowCan anyone please remind me why I voted for Obama?


    I am sure glad he is not "my" president
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    mcnuggetofdeath , April 14, 2009 8:27 PM
    This comes to mind. I support artists I listen to, by going to their concerts and buying the albums from them. Not allowing huge corporations to screw over both the consumer and artist. Not to mention the control they exert over the media itself.

    http://xkcd.com/86/
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    jsloan , April 14, 2009 8:28 PM
    this sucks,

    now we know how we end up with the laws that we have

    we have the best government money can buy

    and this administration, congress, like past administrations, congress is in the pockets of big business

    we are all f*ck*d
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    jsloan , April 14, 2009 8:28 PM
    NuclearShadowCan anyone please remind me why I voted for Obama?


    i'm pleading insanity... ;-)
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    jsloan , April 14, 2009 8:34 PM
    ok i got the solution, thanks google, boycott, stop buying all media content, music, videos, ect. until they come up with some reasonable consumer friendly distribution model.
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    gm0n3y , April 14, 2009 8:38 PM
    NuclearShadowCan anyone please remind me why I voted for Obama?


    There weren't really any viable alternatives (though the Ficus did look kind of promising).
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    lamorpa , April 14, 2009 8:39 PM
    Antilycuswell duh, this president is about keeping the rich people rich and everyone else is unimportant. That's why the troops arent being pulled out like he promised (and he actually just sent another 40k troops over for an unknown amount of time) and that's why all the Banks are getting the held. It would have been much much MUCH cheaper to pay off all outstanding home Mortgages and the private sector wouldn't have had much to worry about or could've cut wages if need be... .. Unfortunately, the private sector is the problem to all of this. The government cant control what the pay their employees and most of them are WAYYY under what they should be paid. ESPECIALLY THE I.T. PERSONNEL.

    What planet are you living on. Obama fan or foe, every single statement you have made is completely non-factual.
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    cracklint , April 14, 2009 8:46 PM
    During the debates, McCain said that Obama was naive. However, as Obama's term lengthens, the American people are proving to be truly naive ones. He was the younger, charismatic, black, candidate that Hollywood and the media touted as the candidate for the people. I didn't vote for Obama, but I hoped for the best when he was elected. Now he has proven to be the socialist that I feared. America made their decision, now they can live with it.
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    Kami3k , April 14, 2009 8:48 PM
    taybSurprising? Really? Legislator in works to give this single man the power to shut off the internet


    Yawn, more evidence of the true reason why this country is failing atm, idiots like you.

    Did you even READ the bill? Oh wait you didn't. It only gives him the power to shut down the connections of government or financial institutions. It is also IMPOSSIBLE for the internet to be shut down. Ok not impossible as the only two ways are, 1. destroy all of civilization, 2. Make all DNS shutdown, which is next to impossible.
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2009 8:56 PM
    I laugh whenever these arguments come up about music, p2p etc. I don't buy music. Why? Cause I don't listen to it! Radio is fine for me, but I have other ways to spend my time and money than on new music. Having said that, I really don't like the idea of filling a public position with a group of people who are for the ideals of one private corporation (RIAA). Then again... I hate politics anyway.
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    danimal_the_animal , April 14, 2009 8:58 PM
    Obama is an idiot
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