Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 10:45 UTC
Legal We always try to avoid politics like the plague here on OSNews, but sometimes, it's hard to avoid it. Take the case of Joel Tenenbaum, who could be liable for over 1 million USD if the Recording Industry Association of America gets its way. While many hoped for a change of pace when it comes to these matters, Barack Obama's Department of Justice has squarely sided with the RIAA.
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an offered settlement. Once you do that you're saying, "I'm going to take my chances and risk being punished to the furthest extent of the law." I don't think he should be fined a million dollars, but he made his bed.

The law is on the books. The DOJ is just getting out of the way, as I read it. The defendant provided no compelling reason for the DOJ to interfere in this matter.

Those of you saying that this proves that Obama is just another Bush are displaying your ignorance. There are issues on which the Obama DOJ has changed policy from that of Bush. For example, the Obama DOJ has ceased enforcing federal anti-marajuana laws against patients that use marajuana for medical purposes in states that allow for that. This is a change from Bush. But see, patients that use medical marajuana have a valid and moral need to do so. Pirates have no need to pirate, so why should the DOJ interfere with the law as its written (especially when the defendent passed up the chance at settlement)?

Obama didn't run on a platform in which "change" included softening the government's stance against piracy. Obama's a writer himself, and did audio versions of his books as well. He understands that creators don't want their stuff copied around without authorization. So I wouldn't expect him to instruct the DOJ to take a soft stance here. I doubt he instructed the DOJ to do anything at all. The DOJ decided this on its own, as it does for 99.999% of cases.

Edited 2009-03-24 15:43 UTC

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