e-Activists to Obama: No More Copyright Lawyers!
By Mary Jacoby | April 5, 2022 6:45 pm

Advocates of fewer barriers to the exchange of information in the digital age asked President Barack Obama in a letter to stop staffing his administration with the likes of Tom Perrelli and Donald Verrilli. While partners at Jenner & Block, the now-high ranking DOJ officials specialized in copyright protection cases on behalf of content-owners including the Recording Industry Association of America and the motion picture industry.

The letter from the Wikipedia Foundation, the American Library Association and other interest groups didn’t name Perrelli, now the Associate Attorney General, and Verrilli, an Associate Deputy Attorney General. But it referenced them.

 The Electronic Frontier Foundation, also a signatory, posted the letter here on their web site. The money quote:

[T]wo of the most senior officials in the Department of Justice represented the recording industry in litigation for many years. The fact that these individuals were litigators rather than registered lobbyists does not diminish the possibility that they may be inclined favorably towards the positions of the industries they long represented. Recent developments like the Justice Department’s intervention in

Sony BMG v. Tenenbaum in favor of the plaintiff record label heighten these concerns.

 

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