White House Presciently Asks for Backlash on Copyright Policy Before It’s Written

The administration is developing a new strategy that won't get them yelled at by people who spend a lot of time on the Internet.

President Barack Obama does not want Wikipedia to shut down again. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Victoria Espinel, the U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, just put out a call for public comment on “legislation, regulation, guidance, executive order, Presidential memoranda, or other executive action, including, but not limited to, changes to agency policies, practices or methods” pertaining to intellectual property protection. In other words, speak now or please, forever hold your peace. 

The administration is working on a new strategy, the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, to enforce existing rules designed to protect copyrights, patents, content and other intellectual property “here and overseas,” Ms. Espinel writes. The administration is also looking for suggestions as to how to enforce intellectual property protections.

The call for public input seems like a hedge against another SOPA/PIPA-style blowup, in which website owners and content consumers picketed in real life and across the web.

Additionally, she writes:

… it would be useful to the development of the Strategy to receive submissions from the public identifying threats to public health and safety posed by intellectual property infringement, in the U.S. and internationally as well as information relating to the costs to the U.S. economy resulting from infringement of intellectual property rights.

Good luck with that one.

White House Presciently Asks for Backlash on Copyright Policy Before It’s Written