The European Commission has appointed Maria Martin-Prat as new Head of Unit to deal with copyright and enforcement issues, the German site Netzpolitik.org reports.
Before joining the Commission, Ms. Martin-Prat worked for the record industry’s lobby organization IFPI, where she directed IFPI’s global legal policy.
As new head of the copyright department at the Commission, Ms. Martin-Prat will be coordinating the revision of the 2004/48/EG directive, otherwise known as the enforcement directive IPRED. She will also be working on the ACTA agreement on stricter enforcement of intellectual property, which the Commission is trying to get through.
Welcome to the European Union, where the big business lobby organizations are calling most of the shots at the Commission, and where citizens are just seen as a nuisance to be ignored. I guess the only real news is that they don’t even bother to try to hide it any more.