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UPDATE ON PRO IP ACT

By Joel L. Hecker

On the October 13, 2008 President Bush signed into law the 25 page “Priority Resources Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008," which is more commonly known as PROP IP. This law, among other things, created a new bureaucracy headed by an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) to be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The position has informally been referred to as the “Copyright Czar” or “IP Czar.”

On September 28, 2009 President Obama appointed Victoria Espinel to the position, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Ms. Espinel is an expert on international copyright enforcement. She was the first Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and served as the Chief U.S. Trade Negotiator on IP subjects. She has also served as an advisor on IP issues to various House of Representatives and Senate committees, taught IP law, and is the founder and president of Bridging the Innovation Divide, a not-for-profit entity.

The appointment has been praised by various rights holder groups representing the music, entertainment, photography and other affected industries.

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