Nation’s First IP Czar Steps Down

By | Monday August 12, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDT

The woman appointed in 2009 by President Obama as the nation’s first intellectual property czar has left the post. The Hill reported today that Victoria Espinel, who stepped down Friday, is a top candidate to … Read More »

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MPAA Chafes At White House’s Limited Effort To Reduce Ad Sales To Web Pirates

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT

If the MPAA was less diplomatic, it might have headlined its response to the Obama administration’s latest anti-piracy initiative, “Are You Kidding Me?” Even without the direct language, the studio lobby made it clear that it believes U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel served up thin gruel yesterday when she teamed with tech companies to promote voluntary best practices to reduce the flow of ad dollars to sites that traffic in pirated content. MPAA chief Chris Dodd called it “an incremental step forward that addresses only a narrow subset of the problem” and places “disproportionate amount of the burden on rights holders”. The response was a bit of a surprise: Just last month the MPAA praised the administration when it released its Joint Strategic Plan On Intellectual Property Enforcement, which called for voluntary initiatives to fight piracy. That was far less than Hollywood wanted last year when it lobbied Congress to pass tough anti-piracy legislation. Read More »

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MPAA Endorses Administration’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Plan

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT

UPDATE, 6:11 PM: SAG-AFTRA has released a statement saying it “commends the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and the Administration” for their continued efforts to combat piracy. You can read the complete statement at the bottom of the post.

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AFI to Screen ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ At The White House Thursday Night

By | Wednesday April 4, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Pete Hammond

The 50th Anniversary celebration of the Academy Award winning 1962 classic, To Kill A Mockingbird just got a very high profile addition with the American Film Institute’s announcement today that the film will be screened tomorrow night, April 5,  at the White … Read More »

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Millennium Acquires Spec ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 5:55pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Olympus Has Fallen MillenniumEXCLUSIVE: Millennium has just closed a deal to acquire Olympus Has Fallen, a Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt spec script  for a big action movie that’s set in the White House. The scribes were repped by Devra … Read More »

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