Monday, President Bush signed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007, or PRO-IP Act, into law.
The legislation, vigorously supported by the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Business Software Association, creates a new "IP czar" who will be appointed by the Senate and report directly to the president. According to PCWorld.com, the U.S. Department of Justice will also be creating a new division that will focus on enforcing the new protections.
Public advocacy groups opposed the bill, arguing the it did not properly balance consumers' interests with company interests. Even the Department of Justice opposed early versions of the bill, but the provisions to which the DOJ objected were largely struck from the bill that became law yesterday.