Advocacy

CCIA was founded in 1972 to promote open markets, open systems, and open networks in the computer and telecommunications industry. Today, the association continues to evangelize these principles across these increasingly diverse and economically important sectors of the global economy.

ACTA Threatens Internet Freedom, U.S. Business Overseas

As the nation prepares to celebrate its independence this weekend, an international agreement under negotiation in Switzerland this past week threatens to limit the protection of and extension of our freedoms to the Internet world. Americans and Internet users around the world are facing mounting efforts by governments to expand their control, restrict new models…

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DMCA Safe Harbor Ruling Strikes A Balance

Washington – Viacom v. YouTube copyright case. This decision shows that the DMCA safe harbors are working, and that Congress struck the proper balance, by providing robust protection for creators who think their copyrights are infringed, while still allowing platforms for expression to flourish online.The following statement can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry…

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DMCA Safe Harbors Strike a Balance

Today a federal judge in New York granted YouTube’s motion for summary judgment in the closely-watched Viacom v. YouTube copyright case. Viacom sued YouTube for copyright infringement over the appearance of video clips on YouTube over which Viacom claimed the copyright. (It was later revealed that many of those clips were secretly uploaded by dozens of Viacom…

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CCIA Releases IP Enforcement Strategy Questions

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is releasing a list of questions that should be asked as the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement releases its strategy to coordinate IP enforcement across the federal government. If properly pursued, such a plan could be valuable, but if not implemented properly it could be a drag on innovation.…

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IBM, TurboHercules and the Problems with the Patent System

One of CCIA’s smaller members, TurboHercules SAS, has received a lot of attention recently surrounding its antitrust dispute with IBM, especially because IBM has chosen to rattle its many patent sabers at this much smaller competitor by providing a list of 173 potentially infringed patents. What makes this story a little different from a classic patent shakedown is that TurboHercules…

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