The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has taken a savage step to protect US music copyrights, hiring Bradley Buckles, director of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as director.

Buckles was appointed director of the ATF by Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers on December 20, 1999. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from the University of Wyoming and his Juris Doctor from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, in 1974. He is a member of the Kansas State Bar.

Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Jason Schultz said: "This is just another example of the RIAA's ongoing plan to treat American consumers like criminals instead of customers.

"If they really wanted to solve their file-sharing problems, the RIAA should have considered hiring someone with a business plan rather than a baton and a bulletproof vest."