-- Victoria Espinel is now the National’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, after being confirmed by the Senate last night. The post was created by Congress in the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008" to reinforce U.S. efforts to stop movie, music, drugs and software piracy. Espinel previously was appointed in 2005 as the assistant United States trade representative for intellectual property and innovation at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. From 2007-2009, Espinel was a visiting assistant professor at the George Mason University School of Law. She has also served as advisor on intellectual property issues to the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Finance Committee, House Judiciary Committee and House Ways and Means Committee.

-- Kobalt Music Group has signed a new administration deal with Swedish producer/songwriter Arnthor Birgisson and Aristotracks, the new publishing company owned by Birgisson and Linus Andreen. The deal calls for Kobalt to collect Birgisson royalties and provide synch and creative services for the world, excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the U.K. and Ireland. With the deal, Kobalt will administer future works and more than 50 new songs penned by Birgisson including "My Hands" and "I Got You," which appear on Leona Lewis' sophomore album, "Echo."

-- Imagem Music has acquired the worldwide stock and amateur rights to the 2008 Tony Award winning Best Musical, "In The Heights." The play will be represented by R&H Theatricals, the theatrical licensing division of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization (RHO), which Imagem acquired this year. RHO has represented the plays score by Lin-Manuel Miranda in its music publishing division since early 2008.

André de Raaff, CEO and co-founder of Imagem Music said, the deal for the plays' rights "shows Imagem's commitment to acquire exciting new stage properties to flourish alongside the great classics by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and others, that are the foundation of R&H Theatricals."