by Kevin Donovan

Filed Under:
budget, fbi, ip

2009 Budget Includes $9.4 Million For FBI IP Enforcement Agents

from the wanna-bet-who-snuck-those-provisions-in-there? dept

As you probably recall, the Obama Department of Justice includes many of the content industry's favorite lawyers. Now, thanks to the $410 billion omnibus spending bill approved by Congress and Obama, the FBI has nearly $10 million more dollars to spend on intellectual property enforcement. The money will fund 2 field officers at each existing Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property unit as well as the creation of a new unit at FBI headquarters to work specifically on multi-district IP cases. This news comes soon after Obama spoke warmly about innovation and start-ups -- two things which hardly need more IP headaches -- so it will be important to watch carefully who he appoints as the newly created IP Czar (though things hardly look good thus far).

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    Anon, 17 Mar 2009 @ 1:17pm

    Contacting the People in Charge

    Hi Kevin,

    I would like it if in these stories you included links either to pages or email addresses of where people can get in touch with the people behind each of these issues. After reading these stories often times I'm all set to write a response to a responsible party, but I don't feel like doing the research to find out how to get in touch with everybody you write about. Consider adding?

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