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President picks intellectual property czar

Last week, President Obama chose Victoria Espinel for the position of the White House’s “intellectual property czar.” Espinel, whose official title will be U.S. intellectual property (IP) enforcement coordinator, became the first assistant U.S. trade representative for intellectual property and innovation in 2005 and served as the U.S. trade negotiator on IP issues before the World Trade Organization. She is also the founder and president of the non-profit foundation, Bridging the Innovation Divide.

Espinel will undergo a Senate confirmation hearing before officially taking on the role.

The American Library Association is hopeful her confirmation hearing will be an opportunity to discuss public interest concerns with intellectual property, such as fair use and balanced copyright.

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