ask[ing] that [his] future appointments to intellectual property (IP) policy positions reflect the diversity of stakeholders affected by IP policy, and that [his] administration create offices devoted to promoting innovation and free expression within the relevant agencies.As for the appointment of the first White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (the "IP Czar"), the letter appears to acknowledge that Obama will not likely reach into the EFF or Public Knowledge for this pick, because "this position would naturally be more focused only upon certain aspects of IP policy—namely, organizing IP law enforcement efforts." But it does urge the Administration, in making appointments at PTO, USTR, and State, "to consider that individuals who support overly broad IP protection might favor established distribution models at the expense of technological innovators, creative artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and an increasingly participatory public." (Just "consider"? Not even "oppose"? Pretty mild.) The letter does also
urge [Obama] to create offices in relevant agencies, including at PTO, USTR, and the Department of State, whose dedicated role is to promote innovation and advance the cause of progress in the sciences and useful arts.Wait -- don't we already have such offices? Various bureaus in those entities work to promote IP-based industries at home and abroad, and to enforce IP rights, which -- in the view of the law and virtually every Member of Congress -- does "promote innovation and advance the cause of progress in the sciences and useful arts."
President Obama is awfully busy these days. I suggest he ask Vice-President Biden to respond.