Government Creates Copyright Czar

Christopher Karwowski
WASHINGTON — President Bush signed the "Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act" Monday that creates the cabinet-level position of a copyright czar. The bill passed by the House and Senate in late September aims to combat domestic piracy and enforce intellectual property statutes. The new cabinet position will "report directly to the president and Congress regarding domestic international intellectual property enforcement programs," according to Wired News report.

The White House objected to the bill's language that permitted the Justice Department to sue copyright infringers on behalf of the content's owners.

The position is not expected to be occupied until after the general election in November.