October 29, 2008

The U.S. Copyright Office recently highlighted a number of sections of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (the “PRO-IP Act”) and their impact on the U.S. Copyright Act. As noted within the Copyright Office announcement (link below), the PRO-IP Act amends Section 410 of the Copyright Act to codify the doctrine of fraud on the Copyright Office during the copyright registration process. Section 506 was amended to provide for the forfeiture of any property that was used to commit or facilitate criminal offenses relating to copyrighted works. In addition, the PRO-IP Act creates an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) to serve as an advisor to the President regarding domestic and foreign IP enforcement. Additional details on the impact of the PRO-IP Act on U.S. copyright law and practice, as well as a link to the PRO-IP Act itself, are provided below.

Copyright Office Announcement: LINK
PRO-IP Act: LINK

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