Nation’s First IP Czar Steps Down

The woman appointed in 2009 by President Obama as the nation’s first intellectual property czar has left the post. The Hill reported today that Victoria Espinel, who stepped down Friday, is a top candidate to run BSA | The Software Alliance, a trade group for software companies. Espinel in June issued the “Joint Strategic Plan On Intellectual Property Enforcement,” in which she said the White House will help tech companies, studios and others to come up with voluntary initiatives to fight piracy as part of a broader effort to attack the problem. During her tenure as U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Espinosa lobbied to making illegal streaming of IP a felony, among other anti-piracy efforts. But last month, the MPAA chafed over what it considers the White House’s limited effort to reduce ad sales to web pirates. Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, will take over while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement.

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