Received this important notice from Georgetown University's Free Culture Chapter. It is very important unless you want one of these record industry lobbyists to be our "copyright czar":
Join Georgetown Free Culture in Encouraging President-Elect Obama to Formulate a Comprehensive, Balanced Intellectual Property Policy
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama's technology policy white paper stated that "Intellectual property is to the digital age what physical goods were to the industrial age. Barack Obama believes we need to update and reform our copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation and investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly treated."
Now, as President-Elect, Barack Obama can make concrete decisions to ensure American intellectual property policy encourages innovation. The first major decision that the Obama team will make in the area of patent and copyright policy will be the selection of the "Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator," popularly known as IP Czar. This position could be used to fight piracy and apply outdated copyright rules to the digital economy. Or, this position has the potential to update American IP policy and spur innovation, expand consumer choice and lead to the development of new services and jobs.
Georgetown University Students for Free Culture is encouraging President-Elect Obama to pursue the latter policy. You can join this effort by joining the Facebook Cause here to let the Obama team know that the public wants an IP czar who will support innovation and consumer choice."
Join here: http://tinyurl.com/9ujgqs
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