While the president's acting senior director for cyber space, Melissa Hathaway, spoke to the RSA Conference on the need for the White House to take the lead in cyber security policymaking and enforcement, Vice President Joe Biden and other lawmakers were speaking at an event sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Biden spoke against movie piracy, calling it theft from the artists whose work was pirated and theft from the American people by virtue of jobs lost as a result of the piracy. And though he spoke specifically about movies, his comments would apply just as well to books, music and other digital media.
He acknowledged the need for stricter copyright enforcement. According to CNET News, he told attendees officials will "find the right person" to serve as the Obama administration's "copyright czar," or coordinator of intellectual property enforcement. So far, Obama's appointments have favored the movie and recording industries. CNET News reports:
The president chose as top Justice Department officials the music industry attorney who pulled the plug on Grokster and another longtime Recording Industry Association of America ligitator.