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US names IP ‘Enforcer’

September 1, 2014

The White House has nominated Danny Marti as Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President. The IPEC oversees the White House’s efforts to combat intellectual property infringement, including the theft of copyrighted TV shows and movies, while protecting fair use rights.

Marti has been managing partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Washington. Marti’s predecessor, Victoria Espinel, pushed for legislation to clarify that live-streaming illegal copies of movies and TV shows was just as much a crime as downloading them.

“We are pleased that the President has appointed Danny Marti as the next US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and urge Congress to move quickly to confirm his nomination to this important position,” said Kim Harris, general counsel of NBCUniversal.

“We applaud the Administration’s intent to nominate Danny Marti as US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC),” said Motion Picture Association of America chairman Chris Dodd.

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