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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the Obama DOJ has changed from the Bush DOJ, and the reasons for that, in contrast with the reasons they would not choose to interfere in a copyright case. (medical marijuana patients are more sympathetic figures than pirates, particularly pirates that pass up on a settlment then complain at the prospect of getting hit with huge penalty). Whether you agree with the change in the enforcement of federal marijuana laws against medical marijuana patients in medical marijuana states is not relevant; my point was that there has been change from Bush, even if softening the government's stance against piracy is not one of them.

And no, I don't smoke it myself, though I see nothing wrong with others doing it as long as they don't affect others; for example, they shouldn't drive while under the influence of pot, just like with alcohol.

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