Copyright Czar Vote Heads To Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Victoria Espinel’s nomination, paving the way for a full Senate vote to confirm the nation’s first copyright czar, reports Wired.

No Senate vote date was set immediately for a nominee who was applauded by both the “copyleft” and the “copyright.”

Espinel is expected to have a key role for the United States as it and several other countries secretly negotiate an intellectual property treaty, known as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. That treaty could fundamentally alter copyright law to require ISPs to adopt “graduated response” policies to terminate internet service of repeat, copyright offenders.

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