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Monday, October 13, 2008

President Bush Establishes IP Czar Position

As reported over at CNET, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act has been signed into law by the President, adding another cabinet-level position for the next President to choose. The position's full job description is not fully fleshed out, but, among other aspects, Gizmodo reports that the new IP Czar will:

The cabinet position will give a single point of authority to a job now handled by a scattered handful of different agencies and committees. It also calls for increased strength to prosecute and punish IP offenders. A provision that hoisted the responsibility for civil (in addition to criminal) prosecutions for IP cases on the Justice Dept. had to be thrown out first, as it would have effectively gave the already over-burdened folks at the DoJ the added enjoyment of being the entertainment companies' civil trial lawyers.

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