ESA Snags Former RIAA Exec As New Counsel, Stiffer Enforcement Coming? Kenneth Doroshow, former executive at the Recording Industry Association of America and senior counsel to the United States Department of Justice, has been named the Entertainment Software Association's new General Counsel, the association announced today. Doroshow, who start his new position at the ESA in September, replacing Gail Markels who was let go when the ESA's New York office was shuttered in March. "The ESA continues to attract and recruit the brightest individuals. Ken has remarkable expertise in the protection of intellectual property and an excellent understanding of the increasingly connected, dynamic, and innovative entertainment environment we live in," said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. "The computer and video game industry will be well-protected with Ken's guidance and I know he will help facilitate our growth to even greater heights." One can't help but wonder if Doroshow's appointment, the announcement of which comes on the heels of some pretty draconian piracy enforcement in the UK, could signal a change in the approach the world's software associations, including the Entertainment Software Association, is taking in their anti-piracy efforts.ESA TAPS FORMER RECORDING INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE, KENNETH DOROSHOW, AS NEW GENERAL COUNSEL AUGUST 19, 2008 - WASHINGTON, DC – Kenneth Doroshow, former executive at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and senior counsel to the United States Department of Justice, is the Entertainment Software Association's (ESA) new General Counsel, the association announced today. Doroshow will start his new position at the ESA in September. "The ESA continues to attract and recruit the brightest individuals. Ken has remarkable expertise in the protection of intellectual property and an excellent understanding of the increasingly connected, dynamic, and innovative entertainment environment we live in," said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. "The computer and video game industry will be well-protected with Ken's guidance and I know he will help facilitate our growth to even greater heights." Doroshow served as Senior Vice President, Litigation and Legal Affairs for the RIAA, the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. As the head of the RIAA's litigation department, he led efforts to protect the copyrighted works of recording artists and managed cutting-edge anti-piracy lawsuits against companies like LimeWire, Usenet.com and AllofMP3.com. "Ken has been such a solid and dynamic leader at the RIAA. His spirit, diligence, intelligence and legal capacity made him a very special part of our team and we know he will be an outstanding addition to the ESA senior management," said Mitch Bainwol, chairman and CEO of the RIAA. "We'll miss Ken, but look forward to working together for years to come advancing the interests of content innovation." Before joining the RIAA, Doroshow was Senior Counsel with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the United States Department of Justice. Charged with responsibility as a criminal prosecutor and manager of international criminal intellectual property enforcement policy, he played a key role in the largest-ever multinational criminal investigation of software piracy over the Internet. "The copyright community is fortunate to have strong advocates in Washington at a number of trade associations who are working on their behalf, and I am so pleased to see one of these seasoned professionals continue this work to the benefit of the entire creative community. Ken brings a wealth of intellectual property knowledge and experience to the Entertainment Software Association," said Patrick Ross, executive director of the Copyright Alliance. "He has worked in multiple facets of the copyright industries and will be a knowledgeable addition to the ESA. The Copyright Alliance looks forward to continuing to work with Ken in this new role." Doroshow graduated from Cornell Law School and clerked for the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Prior to his service with the Department of Justice, Doroshow was with the litigation practices of the Washington, DC law firm Covington & Burling and the Washington office of New York firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. The Entertainment Software Association is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, owning the E3 Media & Business Summit, business and consumer research, federal and state government relations, First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com. ###