The European Union’s new point person on copyright policy won’t take up her post until mid-April, but she’s already stirring up controversy. That’s because Maria Martin-Prat spent years directing “global legal policy” for IFPI, the global recording industry’s London-based trade group, before moving back into government. The appointment raises new questions about the past private-sector work of government officials, especially those crafting policy or issuing legal judgments on the same issues they once lobbied for.

The US has judges who used to be music industry lawyers sitting on copyright cases – I thought the EU had more sense than installing people with such clear conflicts of interests.

via Key music industry lawyer now EU copyright chief.