In a move praised, surprisingly, by Public Knowledge president and co-founder Gigi B. Sohn, Victoria Espinel has been nominated as America’s new IP czar, or Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, as she’ll be officially known.
In 2005 Espinel, became the first assistant US trade rep for, “intellectual property and innovation, serving as chief U.S. trade negotiator on IP issues before the World Trade Organization,” says Variety.
AllofMP3.com was a tiny Russian music download site targeted by the US trade representative office under George W. Bush, at the behest of the entertainment cartels.
In 2007, “as negotiations progress over Russia`s joining the WTO, the country still needs to shut down and prosecute owners of `illegal Web sites` operating in Russia, including Allofmp3`s successors,” Espinel said, according to CNET News.
A year earlier, Overseas, U.S. government officials say, it is in the national interest to work on behalf of Hollywood and other entertainment and intellectual property industries, the Washington Post said, going on:
The United States does not offer specific dictates on how other nations handle their border controls, said Assistant U.S. Trade sRepresentative Victoria Espinel.”
But, “they need to have an effective intellectual property system for protecting our rights holders abroad`, she said in the story.
Now, “Espinel`s nomination, which had been rumored for months, has come with some wariness among some in the technology community, who have even characterized the move as a way for Hollywood to protect a dying business model,” says Variety in a considerable understatement, adding:
“But under the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, passed with overwhelming support last year, Obama is required to appoint someone to coordinate the administration`s efforts in intellectual property protection, with the idea that such a point person in the executive branch could give counterfeit and piracy issues greater urgency. At a symposium sponsored by the Motion Picture Assn. of America in April, Vice President Joseph Biden pledged to find the ‘right person’ for the post.”
Biden is, of course, an avowed devotee of the entertainment cartels.
Were that not enough to set alarm bells ringing loudly, “”We applaud President Obama’s decision today to nominate Victoria Espinel as the administration’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator,” says Hollywood’s Dan ‘The Joker’ Glickman, the man who runs the MPAA, the movie industry front organisation.
Public Knowledge – Public Knowledge Pleased With `IP Czar` Appointment, September 25, 2009
Variety – Espinel named ‘intellectual property czar’, September 25, 2009
at the behest – Hollywood Howard vs AllofMP3`s successors, October 22, 2007
CNET News U.S. wants end to Allofmp3 spinoffs, October 18, 2007
year earlier – MPAA, RIAA, US team up, June 15, 2006
Washington Post – U.S. Joins Industry in Piracy War, June 15, 2006
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