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Bush Administration Spending More Taxpayer Money On Intellectual Property Prosecutions

By Kristopher A. Nelson in

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Back when former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was running around pushing for stricter copyright laws, including making “attempted infringement” a crime, we figured that he was just looking for some sort of distraction from the Congressional investigation concerning some of his other actions in office. However, it appears that pressure from the entertainment industry has actually been effective in turning the Justice Department into the personal enforcement agency of Hollywood. The Bush Administration is proudly talking up how the Justice Department has increased its investigation and prosecution of intellectual property violations. Considering that this is mostly a business model issue, and given the current state of the economy (not to mention the war we’re still involved in), aren’t there somewhat more important things for the administration to be focused on?