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[JURIST] Congress has approved a program that creates a federal copyright enforcement czar, as part of the omnibus spending bill passed over the weekend. Under the new legislation, the president can appoint a copyright law enforcement officer to coordinate federal agencies responsible for administering intellectual property law and law enforcement efforts to stop international copyright infringement. Additionally, the bill provides funding for the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council, which was established in the early 1990s to set policies, objectives and priorities designed to protect American intellectual property overseas and to coordinate and oversee implementation of intellectual property law enforcement throughout the government. Reuters has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on an additional copyright reform bill passed by the Senate over the weekend.
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