CCIA supports robust and balanced copyright policy. While copyright protection promotes creativity by rewarding authors, musicians, and developers, over-regulation can discourage innovation and threaten competition. Copyrights must be enforced to ensure that creators of all kinds are incentivized to bring creative works to market. At the same time, copyright must remain flexible so as not to impede new technological innovation. Principles such as fair use and protections for online intermediaries under Section 512 of the DMCA ensure that copyright regulations and technological advances can coexist.

CCIA’s View:

Modernizing copyright law can facilitate innovation and the growth of the Internet economy. U.S. copyright law can be reformed to ensure more rational damages by harmonizing our copyright system with other areas of the law, where damages are proportional to the injury sustained. Copyright reform can ensure the law does not impose unreasonable barriers to licensing by new industries in favor of legacy industries.

U.S. policymakers must also ensure that the policy norms which we export in our international and trade policy reflect these goals to ensure that as U.S. businesses enter markets abroad they are not subjected to liability for products, services, and content that are lawful in the United States.

Most Recent Statements & Filings:

Updates on Copyright and Patent

There has been a lot of action around intellectual property lately.  Below is a list of recent and upcoming inquiries and events around copyright and patent, much of which CCIA is involved in: Copyright The House Judiciary IP subcommittee held a hearing on the notice and takedown provisions of the DMCA (titled “Section 512 of…

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U.S. House Subcommittee To Review Copyright Law Critical To U.S. Economy

Washington – As part of its ongoing review of U.S. copyright law, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Internet is holding a hearing Thursday on the legal framework that supports both copyright holders and Internet service providers. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbors sought to balance access to information online with rightsholders’ request that…

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Hyperlinking Remains Legal in the EU – A Win for Internet Users and the Digital Economy

Brussels/Luxembourg — Today the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) handed down the long-awaited judgment in the Svensson case (Case C-466/12). The court was asked whether the provision of a hyperlink leading to copyright-protected works falls under copyright protection requiring the authorization of the rightholder.  The Court held that there the authorization from rightholders…

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