Thursday, February 16, 2012

Reuters: DOJ run by former RIAA lawyers seeks $5 million in budget to help RIAA/MPAA

Interesting Reuters article:

Justice Dept seeks to bolster IP enforcement team

WASHINGTON | Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:00pm EST

(Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday proposed hiring more prosecutors to pursue intellectual property crimes in the new budget as the entertainment industry pressures the Justice Department to crack down on copyright infringement and counterfeiting.

The overall proposed 2013 budget for the Justice Department was flat, $27.1 billion in discretionary spending, with officials shuffling funds to address the biggest priorities since there is little appetite in Congress to increase spending in light of recent $1 trillion-plus deficits.

Still, the Justice Department asked Congress for $5 million to hire 14 new employees, including nine attorneys, to focus on intellectual property crimes. Last year, the administration sought $3 million for six new hires but Congress refused....
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