Jun. 7th, 2011

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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/06/senate-confirms-verrilli/

Verrilli, one of at least five former RIAA attorneys appointed to the administration, is best known for leading the recording industry’s legal charge against music- and movie-sharing site Grokster. That 2003 case ultimately led to Grokster’s demise, when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a lower court’s pro-RIAA verdict. Grokster produced a legal foundation which the RIAA used against file sharing service LimeWire, which shuttered last year and agreed to pay the labels $115 million to settle a lawsuit.

The elevation comes as lawmakers are moving to bolster copyright laws, and as federal authorities employ constitutionally suspect measures toward that end.


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