What surprising news on the day Obama is headed to Hollywood to raise money for his campaign. Handing over millions to the Justice Department to fight for the 1% is painfully out of touch in these times. It may not be a lot of money in the big picture, but it's also the last issue taxpayers should be funding while we're in the middle of the worst economy since the Great Depression. It's all part of the program in this era of the billion dollar campaign. TechDirt:
While the proposed Obama 2013 budget for the federal government is supposed to be about cutting extraneous expenditures, one area where it's seeking more money is to expand the Justice Department's copyright enforcement efforts. You see, this is what happens when you hand the Justice Department over to the RIAA and MPAA. DOJ is seeking an extra $5 million to focus on these kinds of efforts, to hire 14 new employees, including nine lawyers, claiming that it's "had an increase in the number of cases that we're dealing with in IP."